A suicide bomber took out 13 Marines just half an hour before Jacob arrived at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. By then, hundreds of Afghans waited by the airport, desperate to catch flights out of the country in fear of the Taliban. Jacob, a new believer (read his original story here), waited with his teenage sons and caught the second to the last flight out of Kabul last August.
“It could have been years to get them out of Afghanistan,” wrote our Global Worker.
“God was watching out for us,” said Jacob. He is thankful his sons are with him now. His injured leg is still recovering, and his stress levels are decreasing. He is well enough for work and is still living in a hotel as he works out the difficulty with the paperwork.
“There is a job opportunity with people looking for three or four Afghans to employ, so he has applied. We need to pray for this,” says our Global Worker.
Jacob’s two sons are both in school and learning English. Jacob’s wife and daughter remain in an undisclosed location. He sends them money when he can, but it makes him sad.
“This should not have happened; it is so sad. No one expected the extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan would be handed the country. They are just for themselves, still living in the 7th century.” Jacob is outraged and bitter.
Our Global Worker has used some Afghan Relief funds to relieve financial pressure, purchasing clothes, shoes, mobiles, and school supplies. In Afghanistan, food is needed, and bills still need to be paid to keep the houses. Jacob’s niece needs help with her school, and his sister suffers with a sick child. Jacob feels that he has to send them something.
Through all this, Jacob shares his bitterness. “So many call themselves Christians but are not really living for Him. I know God is watching me. I am willing to do good things. I need to be honest to God. He is the creator.” Symptoms of PTSD have surfaced again.
Please pray for Jacob…
- To get a new job.
- For the boys to get jobs. They want to work, but they need to learn more English. They are currently studying.
- Our Global Worker shares, “Jesus needs to be at the center. He is bothered by hypocrites; Jacob has been hurt by some who call themselves Christians but don’t behave like Jesus.”
- Pray for other Afghans who are also struggling with hurt and anger. Pray for many to come to Christ.
- Pray that the persecuted believers would experience God’s presence, peace, provision, and emotional healing.
Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality. – Romans 12:13
For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ – Matthew 25:42-43
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(picture in the header by Jacob during his escape)