The following excerpt is from an article in Operation Mobilization publication;“On the SILK ROAD”(Julyan Lidstone, OM leader for Western & Central Asia)
Many people reaching out to Muslims believe we are now on the verge of a new day. Despite the political turmoil and increasing persecution, there are many encouraging signs of hope. A case in point is Afghanistan, which regularly hits the headlines with news of another shocking Taleban attack on innocent civilians. Many in the media are predicting catastrophe after international troops leave later this year. However,we have reliable reports that there are now more Afghan believers meeting in more house churches than ever before!
The primary reason for the growth is disillusionment with Islam, and a sense that the upsurge of fundamentalist violence is actually exposing the truth about Muslim ambitions.
Another reason is new technology.The most popular items among the new Afghan believers are SD cards that they can plug into their mobile phones. They are small, easy to hide, and yet have a capacity o store an amazing amount of Scriptures and video.
A third reason for these breakthroughs is that God is raising up new workers. There has been fresh impetus in outreach to Afghans around the world through the burgeoning numbers of Iranian believers who have found a new passion to share with the Afghan friends.
We see these three factors working together to create new opportunities throughout Western and Central Asia. As you read this let it become fuel for prayer, that the Lord would use the turbulence of our times for His glory, that He would give His people creativity in use of new technology, and that He would send new workers into His harvest.