Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Galatians 6:7-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (v. 9, niv)

Afghanistan has a very troubled history. In our generation it has been invaded by the Russians, taken over by the Taliban, and now hosts the American military. These changes were accompanied by in-fighting among local war lords, many civilian casualties, and difficult conditions for everyone. It isn’t a fun place to live and work!

However, a handful of foreigners have been there through all of these difficulties, and more! They serve with The International Assistance Mission (IAM), a Christian organization. It provides medical help and assists with development projects. IAM was the last organization kicked out by the Taliban, just before the American army arrived, and the first one invited back in by the government that replaced them. IAM workers have a reputation in the country. They are called “the people who stay.” This gives them and their faith credibility.

Afghanistan is a very hard place, socially and spiritually. If it ever becomes a place where the gospel grows, with love and peace, it will be due to faithfulness by Christians such as these. Two-week visits, quick-fix programs, and “only-until-it-gets-tough” attitudes will never bring light to really dark places. That takes long-term commitment.


God, give me the staying power to serve you, especially in difficult circumstances. Amen.