Most of the Christians in Afghanistan keep their faith secret. Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic that does not acknowledge that any citizen of the country is Christian at all. Conversion from Islam to Christianity is illegal. In the entire country, there is only one church that enjoys legal recognition: the Roman Catholic chapel at the Italian Embassy in Kabul.

Please pray that the hearts of the country’s leaders would be turned toward the light, and that Holy Orthodoxy would ultimately come to Afghanistan.

“Christian persecution mapped: The 50 countries where Christians face extreme danger,” Keep the Faith, August 24, 2019:

Each year, Open Doors UK publishes a World Watch List of places around the world where it is the most dangerous to be a Christian. In these countries, Christian’s face detention, violence and abuse for their religion. The number one most dangerous country on the list is North Korea, which has held the top spot for 18 years….

In Afghanistan, ranked second on the World Watch List, Christians also keep their faith a secret.

Should a Christian be discovered, Open Doors UK reports they: “may be sent to a mental hospital – their families believe no sane person would leave Islam.

“They may also be beaten or even killed by family members, or members of Islamic extremist groups like the Taliban….