PrisonerAlert - a ministry of the Voice of the Martyrs

Afghanistan

Country Profile

Language: Farsi

There are many languages spoken in Afghanistan, but most people understand the official language of Afghan Persian, or Dari. The gospel of Christ reached Afghanistan by the second century, but today there are no physical church buildings in Afghanistan. This ancient Central Asian country is full of cultural and religious opposition to the gospel that, along with the serious lack of security, continues to greatly challenge all missions efforts. Though Christian faith was once more prominent in the country, most Afghans today have never heard the gospel, do not know a Christian and have been raised since birth to pursue an unquestioned allegiance to Muhammadís teachings. Radical Islam paired with radical, tribal political ideologies makes it a very difficult arena for Christian presence and activity. Indigenous, near-culture Persian and expatriate believers are using every possible opportunity to see believers gathered, discipled and integrated into house churches. A unique unity exists among Christians laboring for the gospel in Afghanistan. Church growth has been slow among the more than 50 unique people groups. However, there is significant Christian growth among the Hazara people, with some also coming to Christ among the other people groups. The country is 99.8 percent Muslim. Local and national governments are highly antagonistic toward Christians. Extremist groups, including the Taliban and ISIS, are active, and believers are persecuted by their families, friends and communities.