A secret church exists in Afghanistan, but nobody knows exactly how big it is. This is one of the reasons why Open Doors supports partner organizations, enabling them to broadcast Christian radio programs and do follow-up by phone. God uses these programs to transform people and bring them closer to Him.
Saif* has a remarkable tale to tell. Like every good story, it begins with a shocking event that turned his world upside-down. The moment was when he brought the gospel (or good news) to his house.
He desired to share what God’s Word had miraculously done in his family. Unable to tell anyone else, he called the follow-up team from the Christian radio: “One of my seven children was disabled and could not walk. When I brought the New Testament into my house, she started to move. I began to read from the Bible, and she started to walk!”
After listening to Saif’s story, they prayed together. After a few days, Saif called again. “People in my village want to know how my daughter was healed. What do I tell them? We’ve been to so many doctors and nobody was able to help her. And now she walks.”
“Miracles happen to the glory of God,” the counselor said. “Share about your experience with Jesus.”
“But I am so afraid,” said Saif. “I believe in Jesus now, and my wife also, but I still go to the mosque to pray five times a day.”
“If you have to go to the mosque, pray to Jesus,” the counselor recommended.
Suddenly, there was silence. Saif did not contact the radio counselor anymore. They contacted his wife, who explained that Saif had been kidnapped.
Unexpectedly, Saif called again. “I was abducted by extremists. They wanted to kill me and my wife, also. The men forced me into a car and we started driving. All of a sudden we ran into a soldier’s patrol. The soldiers and extremists started shooting at each other. Then my kidnappers ran off. The soldiers wanted to know why I was taken by these men and I had to lie. I told them it was because I supported the government.”
Saif was taken to the hospital and later reunited with his wife. They still follow Jesus, even though they have no church or small group to meet with. But they do belong to a fellowship: the fellowship of the radio.
*Representative names and photo to protect persecuted Christians