AFGHANISTAN – CONCERN GROWS FOR IMPRISONED CHRISTIANS Barnabas Fund has received worrying updates on the plight of two men, Said Musa (45) and Shoaib Assadullah (25), who are being held in prisons in Afghanistan because they have left Islam to follow Christ.

Said, a father of six, was arrested in May 2010 as part of a crackdown against Afghan converts to Christianity. He has been tortured and abused in Kabul prison, and his case has been repeatedly delayed. Said’s lawyer was blocked from representing him in court, and another lawyer declined to defend him when Said refused to return to Islam. The lawyer said it was impossible to fight such a case in Afghanistan and that if Said faced a judge he would be given three days “and after that he will execute you”.

Shoaib was arrested in October 2010 for giving a New Testament in the national Dari language to another Afghan. He was due to appear in court on 3 January, but the hearing was postponed while the attorney general looked into the case. He was offered his freedom if he would deny Christ, but he refused. He was then taken barefoot and in chains by police to hospital, where a doctor said that Shoaib was talking nonsense and needed treatment. Fellow believers fear that the doctors may be giving him mind-altering drugs. At one court appearance, the judge gave him one week to renounce Christianity, otherwise he would be killed for his faith. Shoaib has stated that he has given his life completely into the hands of Jesus, saying, “Without my faith I would not be able to live.”

  • Give thanks for Shoaib and Said’s steadfast faith in the face of such danger, and pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen and sustain them.
  • Shoaib has requested prayer for his family’s salvation, and Said asks us to pray that he will be a bold witness for Christ. Pray that both of these brothers will come to no harm while they are incarcerated and that the authorities will be moved to release them promptly.
  • Pray that the Lord will minister to the men and encourage not only them, but also other believers in Afghanistan (Psalm 102:1-2).

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