SIX AFGHANS MEET JESUS THROUGH SAT-7 PARS
Young Ramin* contacted us eager to know more about Jesus after watching SAT-7 PARS. Excited that he had discovered God’s love, Ramin asked us to contact some of his friends who also wanted to know more about Christianity. In just a few weeks, Ramin and five of his friends decided to follow Jesus.
Before praying with Ramin, the SAT-7 PARS Audience Relations team wanted to be sure he understood who Christ was and what His life, death, and resurrection mean for us. Ramin confirmed that this was the reason he wished to take this step and the team had the joy of praying with him as Ramin gave his life to Christ.
Ramin had already been speaking about Jesus to some of his friends. He asked us to contact him the next day and talk to his friend, Darius*, who also wanted to learn more. The call was arranged, and the following day a SAT-7 team member spoke to Darius, explaining God’s love. Darius then asked the team member to pray with him and gave his life to Jesus.
25-year-old Toofan* thanked us for contacting him, too, and for helping him understand more about Christ. He says:
“My friends and I have decided that we are done being away from God. No matter the pressures we face, we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. All I ask of you is to not leave us on our own, but keep teaching us because we don’t have anyone to do that here.”
SUPPORTING NEW BELIEVERS
“We encouraged all these men to watch the programs and worship the Lord together, telling them that Jesus told us where two or three are gathered in His name, He is in our midst,” says a member of the Audience Relations team. “This is the true meaning of church.”
These new believers need the support of their brothers and sisters around the world. They specifically asked for prayers that they will make God’s love visible to those around them, and for local connections with other believers.
BEING A CHRISTIAN IN AFGHANISTAN
Less than one percent of the population of Afghanistan is Christian. Christians are often extradited from their families and communities. Many lose property and employment. Harsher penalties include imprisonment; on occasion, even death. There is only one legally recognised church in Afghanistan, which is not open to local nationals. Many believers are isolated and forced to keep their faith secret. Moreover, since the literacy level in Afghanistan is very low – under 40 percent according to UNESCO – the few printed Christian resources that are available are not accessible to all.
SAT-7 PARS is a lifeline for many of these believers. The channel provides accessible biblical teaching in their own language. But most importantly, it brings hope.
Please pray for these men. Pray for God’s protection over them as He continues to guide them growing in their faith. Please also pray for strength and wisdom for our SAT-7 PARS’ Audience Relations team as they continue to support and encourage these men.
*names changed, photo for illustrative purposes