When the news broke about Afghanistan, I must admit, I was not certain World Compassion was going to rush in and help. I wasn’t sure how we could help with the immediate needs of the people.
I knew we had former Afghan staff in the country who helped run our educational programs from 2002 to 2014. These people gave 12 years of their lives to help educate over 8,000 women and children through our literacy, computer and English courses.
As I began thinking about how these people were employees of an American and Christian NGO, I realized they would be a target for the Taliban. I was challenged with the thought, “How could we not offer help?”
It was about that time God reminded me of the story of the Good Samaritan. Wouldn’t I be the priest or the Levite in the story who were too busy “doing ministry” to stop and help. I felt challenged with the question, “Are you Available?” I knew we had to do something!
We reached out to our former Afghan staff and began working to help them get to safety. Over the past two months our team has been working hard, oftentimes through the night, coordinating evacuations, and keeping families who have fled their homes supported while living in safe locations inside Afghanistan.
It’s been inconvenient, a season where we had to dig in and work beyond our usual tasks and schedules but completely worth it. Looking at the lives we’ve had a part in changing forever, I’m thankful we made ourselves available to be used by God.
As of this writing we have been able to get all former World Compassion staff and their families out of Afghanistan along with helping several other organizations get their staff to safety. In total we evacuated 85 people who were at high risk. It’s incredibly fulfilling especially when there is purpose behind it.
I share this to encourage you to remain available for God to use you, even when it’s inconvenient. Allow Him the opportunity to use you in unexpected ways.
It was because of this availability and obedience, we were able to evacuate Nallia and her family of Afghanistan last month. They were high-risk targets for persecution and had several encounters with the Taliban, even before their Afghanistan takeover.
Please take a minute to read or listen to their story. You will gain a greater understanding of what life under the Taliban can be like while also being encouraged that you were a part of saving the lives of her family.
Thank you to all who have rallied, prayed and given so generously to respond!
Jason Law is president of World Compassion, founded in 1969 by his father, Dr. Terry Law. Jason has a passion to see the local church unite and impact their nation as the Body of Christ.
In an interview with Nallia, she shares her emotional experience of how her family rushed to the Kabul Airport in hopes of fleeing the nation, but instead was met by multiple unwanted encounters with the Taliban.
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