Dear prayer partners,

On Tuesday 12 May, in a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul, three gunmen disguised as police burst into the hospital’s maternity ward and started shooting, killing at least 24 people, including new-borns, mothers and nurses. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

On the same day, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, suicide bombers raided a funeral killing at least 32 people. These attacks threaten to derail peace-making efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan government. President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks and ordered the military to switch from defensive tactics to an offensive mode.

Afghanistan has endured conflict for more than 18 years. On Sunday 17 May, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal, with the hope of ending months of political deadlock. It is hoped that this deal will provide a stable political structure on which to build a way forward out of perpetual war.

Afghanistan is home to about 37 million people, of which 0.1% of the population profess to be Christian. In official eyes, there are no Afghan Christians. The few Afghans who practise their faith in Jesus, do so in private for fear of persecution, attending ‘underground’ churches.

Please join with us in praying for a lasting breakthrough to the ongoing conflict and loss of life in Afghanistan.

“Prayer is the helpless and needy child crying to the compassion of the Father’s heart and the bounty and power of a Father’s hand.” (E. M. Bounds)