Special Edition: A Roundup of Resources on Afghanistan

The Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif. Photo by Steve Evans/Flikr.

Greetings, friends!

Our next regular edition of Missions Catalyst is not due out until October 6, but a few things came up that might interest you. All of them connect to the situation in Afghanistan.

1. Hear Bob Blincoe speak from the heart.

On a recent edition of The Mission Matters podcast, Bob Blincoe of Frontiers joins Ted Esler and Matthew Ellison to talk about what’s happening and what might be next in Afghanistan. One big question: Should we stop going there, or is now the time to call forth a new generation willing to move toward danger and not away from it for the sake of the gospel’s advance?

Listen to (or watch) the episode, Afghanistan: What’s Happening and What’s Next? (28 minutes).

2. Think again about playing it safe.

Similarly, on the All Things podcast, Jen Oshman asks, have those of us in the American Church have given ourselves over to the idols of safety and security? Have we justified our wealth, health, and comfort, abandoning our call to heart things for the glory of God and the joy of all people?

Listen to the episode, Missions and Ministry and Our Idols of Safety and Security (22 minutes) and read The American Staying in Afghanistan (The Gospel Coalition).

3. Reflect and pray with One Way Ministries.

You might also be interested in a recent segment reflecting on the crisis from the Brand New Day podcast. This one could be easily be included in a worship service or prayer gathering.

Listen to the episode, Afghanistan: A Living Parable (6 minutes).

4. Consider Shane’s tips on welcoming refugees.

We haven’t seen anything like this since the end of the Vietnam War. While government agencies work around the clock and refugee care organizations rapidly retool, many American Christians may be asking “What in the world?!” and “How can we help?”

Read Shane Bennett’s article for Denison Forum, 95,000 Afghan refugees may come to the US: How will Christians help?


PS: Did you catch last week’s events calendar in our Resource Reviews? It includes a long list of things to do in October, some free and online.

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