Help The Persecuted has responded swiftly to this crisis, evacuating more than 750 persecuted Afghans and delivering critical support to those on-the-run and in danger. We are committed in our efforts to Rescue, Restore, and Rebuild the lives of our persecuted brothers and sisters inside, and now outside of, Afghanistan.


Afghanistan Crisis Response:
RESCUE, RESTORE, and REBUILD

As Help The Persecuted made strategic plans this year, growth into Afghanistan was at the top of the list. Research indicates Afghanistan is the 2nd most difficult country in which to be a Christian, and Time Magazine ranked it as the worst place in the world to be a woman. And this was all prior to the recent crisis.

When the U.S. military finalized its withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, the country became engulfed in chaos. For tens of thousands of Christians and ethnic minorities hated by the Taliban, and for those who worked with the U.S. and allied forces, the situation became critical: either they leave the country with their families, or they stay and face extreme persecution and possible death.

“If the Taliban find out that I am a Christian they will burn me alive…for God’s sake help us. Don’t leave me alone in this difficult time, please help me to get out of Afghanistan.”

With Field Ministry Team members in the region, and trusted partners inside Afghanistan with decades of experience, we knew God had uniquely positioned and gifted Help The Persecuted to step up and begin meeting critical needs. 

RESCUE: Afghanistan

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.” — Isaiah 45:2

With your help, we have raised over $1,300,000, and immediately supplied funds to assist with the most critical needs (food and water) of many families, adding minutes to their mobile phones to allow continuous communication, and set up temporary housing for hundreds of families on the run.

Through the tireless efforts of our team in the field and in the U.S., we put together what one journalist confirmed was the most comprehensive list of persecuted Christians desiring to leave Afghanistan. Early on, we helped a little over 200 people evacuate before efforts began to stall. But the Lord is faithful to His promises, and we continue to see Him smooth out rough places and shatter doors of bronze. In mid-October, our team secured evacuation flights for 545 more persecuted Afghans, and they are now safe.

Children on evacuation flight from Afghanistan

These individuals and families were taken to a nearby country that — by the grace of God — was willing to offer them temporary refuge. Our commitment to these brothers and sisters continues, making sure their needs are met and plans are made for their permanent resettlement. 

God again showed His faithfulness in providing help from the local Christian church in this predominantly Muslim country. The pastor told us this arrival was a blessing to them: “Our church has been praying for a way to serve Afghans. We are here to help!”

RESTORE & REBUILD: Afghanistan

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” — Psalm 51:12

We are in position and prepared to help many who have fled or will be rescued in the future. While these persecuted Afghans will be eternally grateful to be alive, they will have fled with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They find themselves in a foreign place where they don’t speak the language. They may now again face persecution as Christians, or as refugees, or both.

Our team is actively in contact with leadership of nearby countries who are or will be housing displaced, persecuted Afghans. Just as Help The Persecuted has delivered help and hope to Iraqi and Syrian refugees over the past few years, we are prepared to support and minister to our Afghan brothers and sisters. 

Inside Afghanistan, persecuted Christians and minorities who remain will need stabilization and support. Help The Persecuted has a secure way of sending money into the country and will provide packages of support for vetted families covering transportation and relocation expenses, safe housing, food, and medical assistance. Just as important, we will also provide spiritual encouragement for our brothers and sisters — supporting them as the Body of Christ as they remain firm in their faith, fighting the good fight.

Stories of Impact: Afghanistan

There are many testimonies we hope to tell as things continue to unfold, but today we can share these heartbreaking yet hopeful stories with you:

Farida, a Christian convert whose desperate voicemail reached our team several weeks ago, spoke barely above a whisper. She shared that her father had been kidnapped and imprisoned by the Taliban, and she and her family were frightened and desperate. Our team spoke to her this week – she is safe in a new country and so grateful. She tearfully asked for prayers for her father who remains imprisoned. When asked if she is hopeful about the future she replied, “Ever since I came to know Jesus, I am hopeful.”

Marina’s husband was killed by the Taliban at the start of this crisis. She and her children had been hiding in her grandmother’s house. After the flight out of Afghanistan she told us: “This is the first I have slept in three months. Thank you!”

Elham on evacuation flight from Afghanistan

It’s stories like these — and so many more — that fuel our desire to work until every avenue is exhausted to help persecuted families.

Help Us Impact More Persecuted Afghans

As the crisis continues, as we grow our staff in the region, as we remain committed to Rescue, Restore, and Rebuild the lives of persecuted Afghans – we need your ongoing prayers and financial support. Please prayerfully consider what you, your family, or your church may be able to do to help our persecuted brothers and sisters. Thank you!


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Opportunities to Help: Afghanistan