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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Was Afghanistan Worthwhile or Wasted?

As Taliban retake control, advice from 15 leaders on how to apply faith to better advocate for justice in the aftermath.
Morgan Lee

It will be hard to forget the images of Afghans mobbing outgoing aircraft, some clinging on to planes with their bare hands, in their desperation to leave their country following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

President Joe Biden’s follow-through on former President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s prompt takeover, and the seeming lack of coordination and planning to evacuate translators and others at risk of persecution have sparked intense ...

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US forces are withdrawing after 20 years, but the story of Christian aid work goes far beyond military conflict.
Rebecca Hopkins

Our September issue went to press before the stunningly rapid fall of Afghanistan’s government. This month’s cover honors the history of faithful, unseen service in Afghanistan on the part of local believers and Christian aid workers. With the Taliban now firmly in control, it’s easy to forget that the church was at work there long before America’s “forever war” began—and will remain at work there, now that the war has ended.

Like so many, Arley Loewen knows ...

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