Afghan Refugees Respond to Christian Love

by | Jun 4, 1999 | Love

“It’s almost unbelievable,” said Daoud Abdullah, after he had fled from Afghanistan to escape the continual warfare there.

“All of our lives we have been told that Christians were our enemies,” he continued. “But when we came out with nothing but what we could carry, these Christians were the only ones who helped us.”

Abdullah was talking to a native missionary in the country to which he had gone with three other members of his family. The missionary serves with a ministry which assists Afghan refugees with financial help from Christian Aid Mission.

“At first I was puzzled why you would do this,” Daoud said. “I thought you must have some hidden motive. But now I have learned it’s because you believe that Jesus Christ gave his life for you, and that makes you want to give your life for others.

“We have always believed that Jesus never died. According to the Koran, God would not allow evil men to kill his holy prophet, so Jesus was taken up to heaven and some other man was crucified instead. But now I have seen in the Book that God did allow Jesus to be crucified and then raised him from the dead. So now I can understand how someone who believes Jesus died for him would be willing to give his own life to help others who are in need.”

Daoud Abdullah has also learned what true Christians are. Before he thought that all Europeans and Americans were Christians, just as Afghans and Arabs are Muslims. Now he understands it’s not a matter of nationality, but of personal faith. Among the 3.5 million Afghans now living outside their country, he is typical of several thousand who have gained an entirely new perspective concerning Christ, the Bible and what it means to be a Christian.

“When we go back,” he says, “we are going to make sure that Christians are welcome to live and worship inside Afghanistan.”

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Afghan Refugees Respond to Christian Love