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Lord God, stir our hearts for the children of Afghanistan. Give us Your heart for orphans.

IFA was contacted by three intercessors in a matter of days about how the crisis in Afghanistan has put children at risk. God’s heart for orphans is undeniable. Read and pray for these precious children.

The first excerpt is from an op-ed by Karen Hardin published in the Western Journal:

How does America begin to restore its moral compass and reputation in the world from President Joe Biden’s horrendous withdrawal from Afghanistan?

By doing the right thing and assisting 400 or more Afghan orphans targeted by the Taliban for slavery and exploitation.

Republican Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois petitioned the State Department to permit the orphans’ entry into America to be released into foster care or adopted by waiting American families.

Bost learned of the children’s plight from the National Child Protection Task Force, which helped get the children and 2,000 adults safely out of the country now controlled by the Taliban.

The children are currently being held in the United Arab Emirates, according to a letter from Bost to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

However, they have said they will have to return the rescued group to Afghanistan if permission is not granted within two weeks.

Almost a week has already passed since that announcement.

“Since mid-August, the National Child Protection Task Force has worked with non-governmental organizations to conduct an operation to evacuate children and at-risk individuals from Afghanistan,” according to the petition. “It is critical that these refugees are re-settled quickly in the United States in order to protect them from retribution, killing, slavery and exploitation.

“We urge the Administration to work with NCPTF to resettle these refugees and we also urge you to express to the host country government the importance of extending the two weeks limit for these high-risk individuals given the circumstances.”

“We have children whose parents couldn’t get out,” said Kevin Metcalf, CEO of NCPTF. “They made sure that their kids got over that wall or got through the gate.

“What I hope will happen is that this American spirit will once again step up and say we’re going to take those kids,” he added.

While they have been safely evacuated to a temporary host nation in the Middle East, there are large groups still waiting to get out.

The National Child Protection Task Force, in partnership with Chad Robichaux’s Save our Allies organization, have been petitioning Secretary Blinken and the U.S. State Department to approve the visas for these children and at least 2,000 adults also rescued in the mission, all of whom are reportedly undergoing a seven-point identification and vetting process.

“There are hundreds of organizations on stand-by to support and pay for all travel costs and incurred as well as provide placement for these children. What I can tell you is we have more families available to take them than children,” Metcalf said.

“All we need is a ‘Yes,’ from the State Department.” (Reprinted with permission from The Western Journal. Article by Karen Hardin.)

IFA intercessor Rochelle contacted us with concerns about foster care placement of these orphans in the U.S.:

“I have watched videos and interviews of Operation Underground Railroad which rescues children from sex trafficking.  The founder, Tim Ballard, said that when there is a natural disaster  people with evil intentions will tell orphaned children they will help them.

I do not have trust in our foster care system placing children in safe homes.  When I was substituting in a kindergarten class a number of years ago, someone from the office spoke over the intercom to me, telling me a girl in the class would be leaving for the day and she should bring all her things with her to the office.

When I inquired about her after the school day, I was told the police had come to get her.  It had been discovered that this was the 3rd foster home she had been placed in and molested!  She was a 5-year-old!

I know there are many good people who open their homes for foster care, but there are also ones who don’t do foster care for the right reasons.

The purpose of me contacting IFA is to urge you to do an article in Headline News that will motivate people to pray for these orphans to be protected.  

I have wondered for many years if local churches should build small orphanages and manage them as part of their ministry.  It would be an opportunity for the children to learn about the love of Jesus in a very real way.  I know in Africa sometimes young widows take in several orphans and the church supports both the widow and the children.

However, I realize there are many government regulations, so this idea would not be simple to implement, but it might be worth looking into because of more transparency in the care of the children.  While most church members might not have the time or strength and energy to take a child into their home, in an orphanage situation members of the congregation could go to visit, play games, read and help with homework, and really create a community for those children.  It also seems it would provide more stability for the child than being moved between foster homes when there are problems.

I have also thought about how difficult for these children to be ripped from their country and culture and placed in home where they don’t know the language to be able to communicate.  If several Afghan children were together they would at least be able to have that familiarity.

It is all a very complex problem.”

Here is our very clear prayer assignment. We must pray that these 400 children will be placed in safe and loving homes where they will be likely to come to know Jesus–as Acts 17:26-27 says, “[God] determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

Will you commit to pray for these orphans? Share in the comments.

(Photo credit: Getty Images.)

 

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Sarah S Crupper
September 23, 2021

I have been praying about this again today. Do we have an update?

Linda
September 14, 2021

Praying for these children that they will be kept safe and brought from harm and that our political leaders will lead and not bow to the system. I was wondering where articles written by this contributor have been. I follow her writings and glad to see Karen Hardin on IFA – thanks for posting.

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Reverend Devanah McGinnis
September 14, 2021

Praying for the children and the Americans and allies still there in Afghanistan. I can also foster if a home is needed. Thank God for His protection! Amen.

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Lori Meed
September 14, 2021

The young children and women are the focus of my heart in Afghan right now.

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Vicki
September 14, 2021

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68: 5-6
Lord, please provide homes and families to these children. Send Your angels to protect these children.

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Sandy
September 14, 2021

300 is enough!
Don’t split the brothers and sisters up!
Take all together

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Rich Swingle
September 14, 2021

You can contact Secretary of State Antony Blinken through this form: https://register.state.gov/contactus/ContactUsForm

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Rich Swingle
September 14, 2021

Last night while praying with my bride, I heard, “Blinken.” This morning we discovered that we’re assigned to lead intercession over this article for Pray with Others Live (12:15 Eastern on http://www.IFAPray.org). Join us in praying for the Lord to turn the heart of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and that he allow these orphans to be placed in Christian orphanages and Christian homes in America.

I also feel led to pray that one day the children whose parents are still alive will be miraculously reunited with them one day.

I do a one-man play about Eric Liddell (www.RichDrama.com/BtC), and Mary Previte, the great granddaughter of Hudson Taylor spoke after one of my Off-Broadway performances. She was in the internment camp with Eric Liddell, and as an adult she miraculously tracked down all seven of the paratroopers (or their widows in a couple of cases) who liberated the camp. The last was in China, and Mary had given up all hope, but his grandson saw an article and connected them. We pray to the Lord who connects people, so we pray for this miracle!

I also feel led to pray for those babies who were thrown over the fences and injured in the fall, that the Lord bring healing to their bodies and emotions.

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    Susan CC
    September 14, 2021

    Amen to each prayer Rich. Some little ones never get a chance at life due to abortion and “research” and others barely live because of tragedies such as this. I hope the prayers of this appeal are beyond counting and our Abba Father is greatly pleased to honor each and every one.

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DnA Kuykendall
September 14, 2021

YES, Abba, please give these children favor- even from those whose hearts are calloused, You are able and I believe You will do this!
As to an orphanage, I say firmly NO! I grew up as a “houseparent’s kid” (HP) in a Christian home for children. My parents were foster parents for 2 years before accepting this call to work in the children’s home. While the experience broadened my vision and compassion, I saw first hand and sometimes myself felt the disconnect from being grafted into a family. As an adult, my husband and children lived as missionaries in an orphanage in Mexico. Same sentiments. A FAMILY IS WHAT THESE CHILDREN NEED! And our Father is well able to provide that! So let’s be clear to pray for individual families for each child. And that siblings be adopted TOGETHER. My husband was adopted, and strongly agrees. He was separated from his younger brother, never to see him again before the brother died of disease. OUR GOD IS ABLE! PLEASE EXTEND YOUR FAITH!!

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    DnA Kuykendall
    September 14, 2021

    CORRECTION: a CHRISTIAN faith-filled family!

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    Susan CC
    September 14, 2021

    DnA K, YES! Our God IS ABLE! May God continue to richly bless you, your husband, children and all those you love. Blessings of exceeding joy for Him and each other. Thank you for this woman’s passion for You Lord.

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Marsha Bashor
September 14, 2021

Dear Lord I pray that you would provide a safe haven for these 400 Afghan children in homes, or an orphanage, where they would learn about Jesus. I also pray for their parents left behind in Afghanistan, for your Devine protection around them each and every day.🙏

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Mikah
September 14, 2021

My heart has long been for helping orphans, BUT THE CHRISTIANS OF AMERICA TURN A BLIND ETE to their suffering. There are 30 verses teaching us to care for them! I put out a request for clean drinking water for an orphanage and DID NOT GET ONE DONATION!!!
God’s Love Home & School Well Drilling Project

This fundraiser is organized by Christ’s Kingdom Management Team, Inc., in obedience to the Word of Father Yhovah.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Christ’s Kingdom Management Team, Inc is a religious organization dba Kingdom of Light Truth. We do an online international evangelistic outreach that includes supporting orphanages and providing housing for homeless/low-income people as room permits and Father Yhovah directs.

You can make a difference by donating today. When we all share a little of the burden, it makes a lot of difference!

At God’s Love Home & School the children used to have a spigot to get drinking water, but it dried up. They also have food insecurities, only getting one meal a day.
https://gofund.me/63f4b460

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Susan CC
September 14, 2021

“If You can?” echoed Jesus. “All things are possible to him who believes!” I was reminded of this when sending out this prayer appeal to my “contacts.” We serve and awesome God…the ONE GOD!

https://biblehub.com/mark/9-23.htm

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Lydia B. Miller
September 14, 2021

Jesus said ,let the little children come unto me.
He welcomed them!
May this same God, open a door for these precious children that He created, open a door to the right path to safety! Father we ask pour out your spirit on Secretary of State, Blinken. Softene his heart and break his heart for what breaks yours. We declare in Jesus name your love is enough to turn his heart towards the innocent helpless children. We declare for increase of light and discernment in bringing true revelation so Blinken can use wisdom and pick up his pen to sign agreements. In a good way rock his boat, awaken the him to see truth for what it is, these children are stranded!
Father, come help these children.

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Debi
September 14, 2021

I will adopt one or more of these children. Mine are grown.

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Susan CC
September 14, 2021

Abba Father, in these days I am continually reminded of Your statement to Jeremiah, “LOOK, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?” I reply “NO” and join Ellen, Margot and David in asking for Your Mercy and Perfect Provision for these little ones. I also ask that YOU COMMAND the adversary to stay away from these children, those caring for them now and the families who will give them forever homes. I pray in the Name of Your Precious Son, Jesus Christ, EACH CHILD will be placed in a home of YOUR choosing. I humbly ask Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that You hear our prayers and do exceedingly more than we can imagine…for the children. Amen

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Ellen
September 14, 2021

I have had the exact same thoughts. I used to have dreams that I would pick up unwanted babies and toddlers and fill a shopping cart as full as I could to bring them to my home. Then it became the church, because it was an enormous problem. No one ever seemed enthused about this. But I hope you can get something going.

Dear God, You say we are to take care of the widow and the orphan. Please call your church to start to fill these needs. If You are in it, You will provide for it. What better way to change hearts and minds than showing the Love of our Lord to a lost and dying generation. Perhaps we will get the chance with world events as they are. I know You work especially when there seems no way! May you receive all the honor and glory and praise!!

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Margot Egan
September 14, 2021

Almighty God, Father and Saviour I pray for your loving arms to embrace these innocents and grant them safe passage to a new life in the USA. Bless each of these children with the protection of carers who love and serve You and who will impart the joy of the knowledge of You to them. Comfort and protect those parents and family members who have been left behind and who now live with the unimaginable anguish of the separation from their little loved ones. May they, through your miraculous intercession, be reunited one day soon and declare to you all glory, honour, praise and thanksgiving. I pray this in faith and love in the precious name of our beloved Saviour, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ).

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david camarillo
September 14, 2021

Yes Father in heaven, we commit in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving that you would move upon the hearts of the people in the state department to allow these precious children to be released and allowed to be transferred to the United States and that willing and godly Christians would adopt them and keep them here so that their lives will be spared from the Taliban. We also pray for their little hearts to be opened for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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