Divine Appointments with the children of Afghanistan
It was about 10 years ago that I was working in Afghanistan and it proved to be a life-changing trip. We prayed at the airport and I said goodbye to Karen, naïve about what the Lord had prepared for me to see. It was one of the most challenging trips I had experienced, continually fluctuating emotionally from compassion and love for the women and children to anger and hate for the evil of the Taliban.
What was Christ asking me to see?
Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
The first divine appointments were with the many orphans we met living on the streets and despite their situation, they were survivors, smiling as we laughed about my attempts to speak their language.
Our team consisted of a family physician, two medical students, and a nurse. I was humbled to be part of a team that was so passionate about serving in a difficult place with a love for the people of Afghanistan.
The US military presence was a comfort as they contacted us daily to keep track of our travel to the clinics in the rural areas. One evening we were preparing dinner, and an unmarked vehicle arrived at our mission house. We were relieved when we realized the four men in military uniforms introduced themselves as pastors from the local US base.
This divine appointment was special as we ate and prayed for each other, discussing our families and how the light of Christ will bring hope to this spiritually dark place. The courage of the pastors was amazing as they risked coming to our mission house in the dark of night to encourage our team and assure us they would be watching over us as the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
They informed us that they would be bringing wound supplies to the hospital the next day, so we could care for children who had been injured by the Taliban.
The next morning we met the pastors at the hospital, and as we did our medical rounds caring for the burned children, we heard story after story of the depravity of the Taliban.
The worst case was a small child who was intentionally set on fire and had a 90% body burn including her entire face except for her eyes. The image that still haunts me today was her beautiful eyes.
Her eyes seemed to be asking, why did this happen and what did I do wrong?
There was nothing we could do for her medically so our team asked her mother if we could pray for her in the name of Christ. My partner began to pray but her words were lost in her tears and she could not finish her prayer. I held the little girl’s burned hand and hugged my partner, but I too broke down as well and could not speak. The military pastor walked up and asked what we needed and we told him we could not get ourselves together to pray. He said he understood and completed the prayer.
Faith lesson and the next divine appointment showed me that Christ loved this little girl and he would show compassion and mercy.
Mark 9:36-37 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
The challenge came when I felt such anger and hate toward the evil of the Taliban.
Christ also died on the cross for those lost in this darkness. Then the Lord spoke clearly saying that this is where we need to be to share the love with the Afghanistan people who are held captive in darkness without hope.
I struggle to Love thy enemy.
Love for Enemies
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
My heart breaks for the Muslims who are living in such a violent place, and the women and children who are the victims of such hatred. The answer to give hope to this darkness is through the courageous Christians who are blessed to know and see the peace and hope in Christ.
God is challenging us to go where there is no hope and bring the light of Christ with compassion and love. Come join us at Teach To Transform to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ
Ephesians 4:12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
May the Lord touch your heart to come and join us.
For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ.