About International Ministry Workers Fund: Afghan Initiative
After the US withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban quickly took control of the country. This left thousands of people exposed to terrorists, and Christians were in danger. Afghan pastors and ministry leaders were persecuted. Others were forced to flee for their lives. Still others gave their all for Christ because of their faith. Families have been separated. Livelihoods lost. And the very fabric of everyday life has been changed forever.
But God is at work.
Through connections only the Lord can make, the ABWE global family of ministries has been able to connect with a precious group of these Afghan believers through Live Global and EveryEthne missionaries.
“We cannot go back to Afghanistan because our relatives and the neighbors we lived near know that we are Christian. They would kill us."
From Underground to the UnreachedThese Afghan families are currently living in refugee camps while they await visas—thanks to God’s miraculous provision. It’s the heartbeat of these Afghan believers to serve Christ in ministry, and its our pleasure to provide the pathway for them to do so here in North American.
We are relocating our Afghan brothers and sisters through the Afghan Initiative and connecting them to Afghan communities in the US so they can reach the lost for Christ. And you can have a part.
Individuals, families, and churches sponsoring this ministry are providing support for housing, food, transportation, and ministry expenses for Afghan families to be able to live and serve Christ in the US for the next two and a half years—the duration of the first-term religious worker visa.
Our Afghan brothers and sisters will be reaching other Afghans in the US with the message of the gospel through church and outreach opportunities with ABWE missionaries and partner churches.
Afghan Initiative by the Numbers
- • 11 families seeking refuge from terrorism and persecution
- • 250 thousand Afghans living in the United States in need of Christ
- • 2.5 years permitted on first visas for Afghan Christians to live and minister in the US.
The Financial Need
- • The cost of visas to legally enter and do religious work in the US
- • The cost of airfare to the US for these Afghan families
- • The salaries of each family unit each year for up to the first 2.5 years
Gifts made to the Afghan Initiative will be directed to the ABWE International Ministry Workers Fund and designated for the Afghan Initiative or to similar international initiatives to reach the lost with the gospel.