Recent tragic events in Afghanistan have touched the hearts of us all – and given Christians in the DMV area a tremendous opportunity to serve our new neighbors in need. Thousands of Afghans risked their lives to help US forces in Afghanistan, therefore they are now being targeted by the Taliban. The United States is helping many escape, and more than 2,500 are expected to arrive in the DMV. As part of the global family of God, we seek to serve the strangers among us and welcome them to our city and region.
With Afghans empowers local churches and individuals to help newly arriving Afghans. We offer the hope of Jesus by joining this work to welcome strangers and invite them in (Matt. 25:38) as they begin new lives here among us as neighbors and friends.
Whether you are an individual, church, organization, or nonprofit, we want to invite you to get involved. Click the appropriate button to fill out a quick form that will help us point you in the right direction. Have a question or need to discuss other ways to get involved? Contact our With Afghans Director, Rev. Mary Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the button below for a simple guide on how to pray and intercede for Afghanistan, as well as Scriptures to pray over those in need.
We approach God in humility, lament, and expectation as we pray:
Suggestions for intercession
Pray for peace in Afghanistan itself. Pray for God’s peace, justice, and restoration for all who remain behind. Pray for the safety of women and children. Pray for the members of our armed forces and diplomatic corps who remain in Afghanistan to assist in evacuating Afghans. Pray for Christians facing persecution in Afghanistan.
Pray for the refugees who will arrive here, that they may find a warm welcome and see their needs met through the generosity of local Christians and the establishment of long-term friendships. Pray for safety and protection on their journey, for their family members who remain, and for the Lord to guide our work. Pray for resettlement agencies, non-profits, government officials, case managers and others who are helping Afghans transition here. Pray for volunteers to be culturally aware and to be sensitive to our friends who have experienced complex trauma. Pray that in time, many of our Afghan friends would know the good news of Jesus and his transforming power.
Lament: a prayer of the Psalms
When we cannot make sense of suffering, sometimes the best prayer is a prayer of lament. Lament involves crying out, sometimes tears, in an honest appeal for God to act. A prayer of lament (such as Psalms 44 or 90) is an expression of protest or complaint, as well as a confession and for deliverance. Lament connects God’s past promise with our present chaos, hoping for a better future – and often ends with a reminder of God’s power and thanksgiving for his mercy and love. Lament the many human tragedies in Afghanistan, pray for God to act powerfully there, and then thank God for his mercy and love.
Scriptures to pray
Thankfulness and hope
Finally, remember to thank God for listening to your prayer and then pause and sit still in God’s presence. Remember that God knows, sees, hears, and understands our prayers. Pray in the confidence that “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them” (Psalm 126:6).
Encourage others to become involved. The needs are urgent now and will only grow. It will take a long time for our Afghan friends to transition to a new culture, life, and language. We want to support them over time and grow friendships that lead to gospel conversations about the hope we have in Jesus. Encourage others to jump in and share this page on Facebook or Instagram.