Kabul 24

Kabul 24, a book by Henry Arnold and Ben Pearson, was an intense look at the days of captivity in 2001 of the 8 hostages from Shelter International (SNI) in Afghanistan. The team of 8 was working in Afghanistan on a humanitarian effort, not proselytizing unless someone asked why they believed in Jesus. It was encouraged to speak of religious things in Afghan society, so they were not seen as odd when they spoke of Jesus. As the tensions boiled toward 9-11-01, however, the Taliban began to see the SNI as a threat and captured the 8 workers, putting them in prison and interrogating them to confess to forcing the Muslims to convert to Christianity. After 9-11-01, there seemed to be very little hope for the workers in captivity, as Americans were taken out of Afghanistan and the threat of war with the US was imminent.

Throughout their time of captivity, the 8 continually look to God for their strength, for only He at times was their hope. This book documents time after time the perfect timing of God, and the ultimate truth that our only hope is in God. It also gives an inside look into the Afghan society before and after the Taliban were in power. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to see beyond the headlines of this story and to see how powerful our God is even when it seems there is no hope left.

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  1. "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever. For wisdom and power belong to Him. And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." Daniel 2:20-22

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