On August 15, Colombia and over 100 US-allied nations signed a statement expressing their willingness to help the Afghan people. To that end, the U.S. is finalizing an agreement that could send as many as 4,000 Afghans to Colombia. According to the Wall Street Journal, these would include “refugee visa holders, those who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visas, and those who have been nominated to become eligible by the U.S. government.”

Colombia has become a haven for millions of Venezuelans fleeing corruption, poverty, and violence in recent years. And in February 2021, the country launched one of the most significant humanitarian gestures in modern history: providing a 10-year, renewable, regular migratory status to over 1.7 million Venezuelan refugees living within its borders. When asked about this historical gesture, Colombian government officials remarked on how Venezuela was at one time a sanctuary for Colombians fleeing the violence of the 1990s. And now Colombia is offering to become that safe haven for Afghanistan.

Though our window to send gospel preaching missionaries to Afghanistan may now be closed, God is sending the Afghans out to us–to the U.S., UK, Canada, Colombia, Albania, to name a few. As Christians, we uniquely understand what it’s like to be foreigners, aliens, and strangers “from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13). Christ’s death and resurrection gave us salvation, reconciliation, and peace. And now we are to be ambassadors for Him, proclaiming that same word of reconciliation that has been committed to us (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

God is bringing Afghans to our doors not only so they can escape the terrors of the Taliban, but also so that they can hear the gospel. Are we willing to help bring Afghans to Him?

About the author

Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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