5-5-5 Challenge: Afghanistan

5-5-5 2013 WWL[en]Said Musa* was arrested in Kabul on 31 May 2010; he spent nearly nine months in prison, where at first he was beaten and mistreated. Finally he was able to pass on letters to the international community, and after several months he was allowed to leave the country with his family. The only way he could remain in his country was to renounce Christ and return to Islam. He chose not to do that.

The family of 8 now lives in a small apartment in a foreign country, where all of them are trying to adjust to their new life. All of them face the challenges of dealing with the past, the sense of loss of not being able to live in their own country, the culture shock of living in a foreign country where they do not know the culture or language, the loneliness of losing friends and family, the isolation plus the added strain of not knowing what the future is going to be like.

Said Musa is very grateful for everything that people have done for him and his family. However, he is struggling in this period of transition; not being able to speak the language and not having a job are major challenges. He says, “I long to have a job again and be part of a ministry. I have lost my God-given ministry which I had in my country.”

Said Musa, who himself had his leg amputated after he had stepped on a landmine, used to work as orthopedic therapist in Kabul.

He became a believer because he was fascinated by the fact that two expatriate women helped after a bomb went off in his neighborhood. The fact that women would help people, who are not related to them, was such a strange phenomenon to him that he started to ask questions. Finally he got hold of a Bible and realized that it spoke truth. Musa says: “It was as a fire in my heart.” He started to come together with small groups of believers. In 2010 he was arrested and imprisoned for his faith.

*) Not their real names to protect their identities

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Family and societal pressure combined with government persecution have pushed the church underground. The state treats converts, who all come from a Muslim background, in a very hostile manner. Christians cannot meet in public; even gatherings in private houses require extreme caution. No church buildings exist, even for expatriates, and both local and foreign Christians are subject to kidnapping, abduction, killing and having to flee the country. The Taliban is regaining power and has vowed to purge all Christians from Afghanistan, both foreign and local.

Pray:

  • For peace and stability as international troops withdraw in 2013-14
  • That God would thwart Taliban attempts to target NGOs and relief organizations
  • That Christian radio and TV programs will strengthen isolated believers and bring the gospel to this closed country.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Said Musa* ditahan di Kabul pada tanggal 31 Mei 2010; dia menghabiskan sembilan bulan di dalam penjara, dimana dia disiksa dan dianiaya. Sampai akhirnya dia berhasil mengirimkan surat ke komunitas internasional, dan beberapa bulan kemudian diperbolehkan pergi ke luar negeri bersama dengan keluarganya. Satu-satunya cara mereka dapat tinggal kembali di negeri itu adalah dengan meninggalkan Kristus dan kembali kepada Islam. Sebuah pilihan yang tidak pernah diambilnya.

Keluarga 8 orang ini sekarang tinggal di sebuah apartemen kecil di negara lain, berusaha menyesuaikan diri. Mereka menghadapi tantangan dengan masa lalu, perasaan kehilangan dan rindu kepada tanah air mereka, perbedaan dengan kebudayaan yang baru, bahasa yang baru yang tidak pernah mereka kenal, kesendirian dan kesepian dari teman-teman dan keluarga mereka, ditambah lagi ketidakpastian atas masa depan mereka.

Said Musa sangat berterima kasih atas apa yang terjadi dalam hidup mereka. Tetapi dia juga berjuang di masa transisi ini. Tantangan utamanya adalah tidak mampu berkomunikasi dengan bahasa yang baru dan dia belum memiliki pekerjaan. Katanya, “Saya rindu bekerja kembali dan terlibat dalam pelayanan. Saya telah kehilangan pelayanan yang Tuhan berikan di negeri asal saya”.

Said Musa, yang kakinya diamputasi karena menginjak ranjau, dulu bekerja sebagai terapis ortopedi di Kabul.

Dia menjadi percaya karena melihat dua wanita ekspatriat yang menolong saat ada bom meledak di kampunya. Dua wanita yang mau menolong orang yang tidak punya hubungan dengan mereka, adalah fenomena yang asing dan menimbulkan pertanyaan di dalam dirinya. Sampai akhirnya dia membaca Alkitab dan menyadari kebenaran di dalamnya. Musa Said berkata, “seperti api yang membara di hatiku”. Dia mulai bergabung dalam kelompok kecil orang percaya. Di tahun 2010 dia ditahan dan dipenjara karena imannya.

*) Bukan nama sebenarnya, untuk melindungi identitas

Sumber >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Tekanan dari keluarga dan lingkungan ditambah aniaya dari pemerintah menantang gereja bawah tanah di sana. Negara memperlakukan sangat buruk kepada orang Muslim yang berpindah agama. Orang Kristen tidak bisa beribadah di tempat umum, bahkan berkumpul di rumah-rumah juga sangar beresiko. Tidak ada satu pun gedung gereja, bahkan untuk para ekspatriat, dan orang Kristen baik lokal maupun asing menjadi sasaran penculikan, penganiayaan, pembunuhan, dan dipaksa melarikan diri ke luar negeri. Taliban kembali bangkit dan menyatakan sumpah akan memusnahkan semua orang Kristen dari Afghanistan, baik orang asing maupun lokal.

Berdoa:

  • Ada kestabilan dan kedamaian saat penarikan pasukan internasional selama 2013-2014
  • Supaya Tuhan menggagalkan rencana Taliban menargetkan organisasi-organisasi non pemerintahan
  • Supaya siaran radio dan TV Kristen bisa menguatkan orang percaya yang terisolasi di negeri ini, dan membawa Injil ke negara yang tertutup ini

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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