Stabbed for sharing the gospel
Kar was stabbed in the stomach and nearly killed, simply for sharing the gospel.
Kar is a taxi driver and pastor. He uses his job as a taxi driver to earn an income to support his family and church. He’s also part of the broader SRC network as he serves under the leadership of Issac, one of our missionaries.
Threatened by the TLBN
A few weeks ago, Adam* led a small team to deliver food, clothing and Bibles to the Afghan refugee village we have been serving since summer 2021. Until recently, our team has experienced relative freedom distributing relief, sharing the gospel, and handing out Bibles. That is until the TLBN got wind of it. Now, they are threatening every Afghan in that village who is discovered to be in possession of a Bible.
As our team handed out food and clothing, they offered Bibles but most refused out of fear. A few accepted a copy but they had to hide it in their food or under their clothing. As such, our team had no option but to leave the village with the remaining Bibles in hand.
Dillon and his wife grew up in a Muslim family, living a normal life - working and providing for their family; spending time with family and friends; celebrating holidays; etc.
One day, they met Adam*. Adam shared the gospel and gave them a copy of God’s Word. They exchanged contact information and remained in contact over several weeks. As Dillon and his wife read the bible, they would message with Adam, asking him a ton of questions. This caused them to find themselves at a crossroads. Dillon and his wife knew they had come face to face with the truth of God’s Word for the first time in their lives. As their eyes were opened, a crucial question lingered, “What do we do now?”.
Adam was warned not to share the gospel in this Afghan refugee camp, the same camp we have been serving since the crisis in Afghanistan last summer. Yet, Adam was undeterred. He and his team prayed for three hours that God would open up doors and the doors didn’t just slightly open, they swung wide open.
During Adam’s recent visit to this refugee camp, there was a boy who was terribly ill. The boys father felt helpless and worried about his son. However, God saw their pain and had mercy on them. Adam prayed over the boy in Jesus’ name and the boy was healed. This supernatural healing caused the boy’s father and his family to surrender their life to Christ.
D* shared the gospel with a close friend only to be criticized and rejected for it. He left the conversation troubled and hurt. It was the first time he encountered such opposition for sharing the good news.
D called our missionary, Aasim*, for guidance. Aasim is the one who led him to Christ last year. While they are not living near each other, Aasim continues to disciple him through Zoom and phone calls.
Fury, Miracles and then Repentance
Amos* enters this gospel-deprived village sharing the gospel when suddenly a man surrenders his life to Christ. It was beautiful and sudden, considering the reality that this man’s community lacks a sufficient gospel witness. To give you a clearer picture, the vast majority in this community has yet to hear the gospel one time.
In all the joy taking shape, this man’s wife was not so excited. In fact, to describe her demeanor as irate is an understatement. She’s irate because they are from a Muslim community and leaving one’s family religion meant turning one’s back on their family.
Attacks are on the rise against Christians in South Asia. Yet despite this reality, Amos* takes every opportunity to share the Gospel because the need to deliver the Gospel to those without access far outweighs his own safety.
Back in July, Amos met Sharma. Sharma comes from a strong and dedicated Hindu family. His family has strong ties to the local temples. Knowing the reality taking place in his country, Amos met Sharma and shared the Gospel while Sharma was doing work at Amos’ home. Rather than pushing back, Sharma’s interest peaked. They began spending time together and eventually Amos led Sharma to Christ. And, this was no small decision.
The Looming Threat
Isaac* recently gathered a few believers together to train them. They learned how to share the Gospel and make disciples. Afterwards, they went out and identified five new villages who need Gospel access and began engaging.
This is genuinely how simple it is. Isaac has a passion to deliver the Gospel to those who lack access to it. He is serving in a province where it is illegal to share one’s faith with Hindus. Hindus may not acknowledge this fact but the anti-conversion laws in place are so vague that one could interpret any salvation as a forced conversion.
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