Daily Topic for November 02, 2012
It is ironic. Those who try to destroy the Church put themselves on the path to being destroyed themselves. We know from what the Bible tells us that the Church will grow to include all people groups, including every ethnic group in Afghanistan. But at this time, it seems that the Church is faring poorly in Afghanistan, a nation where almost no one would dare to publically put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray that the day will come soon when all people groups in Afghanistan will hear and respond to God’s Word.
Zia wanted to study Islamic Law so that he could defend fellow believers who might be persecuted for their faith. He therefore entered the University of Kabul, from which he graduated with his law degree. Zia also translated the New Testament from Iranian Persian into his own Afghanistan Dari dialect.
Because other blind students like Zia had put their faith in Christ, in 1973 the Muslim government of Afghanistan sent a written order to close the two institutes for the blind. All expatriate teachers of the blind were ordered to leave Afghanistan.
This government then destroyed the church building in Kabul, after they had previously given permission to build it during the reign of King Zahir Shah. When troops arrived and started knocking down the wall between the street and the church property in preparation for destroying it, a German Christian businessman went to the mayor of Kabul, who had given the order and said, “If your government touches that house of God, God will overthrow your government.”
Police, workmen, and bulldozers proceeded to destroy the church. Instead of opposing them the congregation offered them tea and cookies! On July 17, 1973 the destruction of the church building was complete. That very night the Afghanistan government responsible for the destruction was overthrown by a coup!Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the peoples of Afghanistan will remember this and have a healthy fear of God.