‘The list has been circulated’
Imagine what would it feel like to be in your home, knowing that the next knock on the door could mean tragedy for you and your family.
For secret believers in Afghanistan, this is the reality they’re living with as the Taliban search homes, looking for anyone connected with the West or Christianity.
“The list has been circulated with our names on it,” Saad says—a list that includes the names of Christians whom the Taliban has targeted, he adds. Since the takeover, Taliban house searches have become a regular occurrence.
“Some [of us] have been killed. Some have been kidnapped, some have disappeared,” Saad shares. “It feels like the morning after a massive cataclysmic explosion.”
Since the Taliban takeover, the secret church in Afghanistan has been scattered– some have fled, some have stayed, some are missing or can’t be contacted.
“We call one another and ask about headaches, shoulder pain, all injuries old health concerns, all in a bid to remain connected,” says Saad. “For now, this is all we can ask.”
He continues: “When the Taliban took control, it was everything we feared. You cannot understand it like I do. I cannot explain it in words.”
Fatimah reminds us that the fear is not new.
“There may be new soldiers in the capital city, but this is not new, these threats,” she explains. “The pain of living for Jesus and risking everything to follow Him, there’s nothing new about that. Not for me, and not for my grandparents who also lived for Him and followed Him. That’s been the reality for Afghan believers for more than 40 years. First, under the Taliban, and then under the American-supported Afghan government, even before the Taliban took control last month.”