April 10, 2022

Taliban Unintentionally Aid Gospel in Pakistan

Interest in Jesus’ message has increased in northern Pakistan since the Taliban took control.

“Now is the best time to share the Gospel in our valley,” said three men who are Christians from a Muslim background. “Such darkness makes our lights visible all over the valley.”

More than 100 new believers had come to Christ thanks to the work of these bold and faithful men. 

Another Pakistani man, Mahmud, a member of the Taliban, was assigned to a Christian bookstore to convert Christians. But while studying the Bible so he could debate “infidels,” his heart changed, and he embraced Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Mahmud has since led 40 of his family members to faith in Christ. But when I asked him if he received threats for sharing the Gospel, he brushed aside my question.

“No threats,” he said. “Remember, I used to be with the Taliban. No one messes with me.”

Pakistan’s current heroes of the faith seem to view death the same way the Apostle Paul did: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).

Knowing these Pakistani Christians is inspiring and humbling. Unlike Christians in North America, these believers face persecution and potential death for the sake of the Gospel every day.

Even the darkness of the Taliban can’t blot out the light of Christ. The Gospel has taken a foothold and is expanding at an unprecedented rate in areas where this militant and fundamentalist group seeks to control.

Pray for perseverance amid persecution for believers in Pakistan (Philippians 1:29). Ask God to grant them the strength and endurance they need.

  • Pray for the Gospel to spread in the cities of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and Peshawar.
  • Pray for Pakistan’s leaders to embrace Jesus as Savior and Lord.


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