Twenty-three South Korean Christians went on a short-term mission trip to help in Afghanistan. Unfortunately there are those who are especially evil and don’t recognize the neutrality of people coming into the country to help. Instead, they use them as pawns to achieve certain ends. We see this in other countries as well, such as Latin America, where indigenous insurgents capture missionaries and businessmen for ransom, and occasionally kill them. Sadly, two of the Koreans have been killed so far by the Taliban.
We shouldn’t be surprised at such evil, but we still are when these things occur. We live in a fallen world (Genesis 3), but we also have to realize the power of prayer. We should remember what it says in 1 John 4:4 (NRSV): The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Through prayer let us tap into that power, and pray that these Korean Christians will be freed unharmed.