This post recounts the last 1 month and 2 weeks in Afghanistan.
In the beginning…
In the first post I acknowledged that people need to SEE change, before they can believe it. So in Walking the talk – let’s pray for Afghanistan! (3 Sept 2010) I wrote…
I’ve written so many times before, that Jesus Christ is the Solution to everything. If your reaction is to be a skeptic, then I think that is quite reasonable. After all, mere words don’t change things. What we need is REAL CHANGE. You want to SEE it, before you will believe it. Right?
This morning, during my prayer time, I had an idea. I’ve done it before and I didn’t expect to be doing it again. But this feeling has remained with me.
So in the full glare of whoever is reading this, let me prove to you that Jesus Christ is the solution to the world’s problems.
With your help, Christians, let’s pray for Afghanistan and end the war there… because remember, it is our faith which overcomes the evil of this world.
Pray with me, starting on Monday 6 Sept 2010. In the following post I will provide exact instructions on how to pray.
Your faith may never be the same again, as you see an intractable problem in this world resolved RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES!
Please note that I had NO IDEA that Afghanistan were about to have elections. That realisation came later.
So what happened next?
Violence in Afghanistan has spiraled this year with a record number of casualties among foreign and Afghan troops. Civilian deaths have also soared and the main concern on polling day will be security. – Reuters
The elections last year were so violent that the UN withdrew 22% of their staff and this year the Taliban were threatening to ensure the violence was worse than last year’s violence. Taliban threatens violence during Afghan election – By JON ATHON BURCH and SAYED SALAHUDDIN, Reuters September 17
“If it is like last year” – when presidential elections were held – “it will be a very violent day,” Carter said in Kandahar. The Taliban “will want to make it violent enough for people to want to stay indoors.”
Led by the Holy Spirit I wrote boldly…
No it won’t be like last year. No it won’t be violent. The power of sin and death is broken on the cross of Jesus Christ. And God Himself has asked His people to pray… I have confidence in Jesus Christ that there will not be mayhem.
And what happened at the elections?
The Afghan government said 92% of all polling stations remained open and they said the level of violence this year was “insignificant”.
The US Embassy called it “almost a miracle”: Fraud and turnout weigh on “miracle” Afghan poll, By Paul Tait and Sayed Salahuddin, KABUL Sun Sep 19, 2010, Reuters
So far so good, I’d say.
And now… 1 month and 2 weeks later?
First we began hearing about secret negotiations and leaders going to Kabul to talk to the government.
Now more recently we have been hearing about Taliban giving up their weapons: ISAF sees a change in trend in Afghanistan, spokesman says – Nov 3, 2010, 8:42 GMT, and Some Taliban giving up weapons – Al Jazeera
Now, today we are hearing that the second largest insurgent group is willing to negotiate peace and have peaceful elections within 2 years. Afghan rebel group offers truce terms – By Syed Shoaib Hasan BBC News, Peshawar.
Well… it’s been 6 weeks and I’d say we are right on course to seeing the fulfillment of this statement…
You want to SEE it, before you will believe it. Right? …
… you see an intractable problem in this world resolved RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES!
… don’t you think? 🙂
Would you like to intercede for peace in your country or in the world? All you need to do is get a map of the area you want to pray for and get this list of scriptures (or download the MS Word version) and speak each scripture out over the area you are praying for. It’s as easy as that.
And no, we’re not finished yet. 🙂