Kate McCord (a pseudonym used to protect her identity) has taken me on a journey into the heart of Afghanistan. Kate was once a successful businesswoman who traveled the world, but she chose to instead become a self-supporting humanitarian aid worker to one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women: Afghanistan. She lives among the people for 5 years, making close friends and opening her heart and home to the local women. Kate’s main goal is to share the love of Jesus with her Afghani neighbors through practical help and sharing the Gospel with words and stories.
I learned so much about Islam, about what it means to be a Muslim, about the never-ending rules that one must live with to be in a right relationship with Allah. I felt like I was listening in on conversations that Kate was having with Afghani women, sitting on mats on the floor, drinking tea and eating exotic fruits, talking about the Honorable Jesus Messiah and how He loves people unconditionally. The love of a Heavenly Father is unthinkable to these Muslims because they view Allah as a god who does not have emotion; he is a god rather who must be obeyed and submitted to. The Muslim women were shocked- and extremely thankful- to hear that Christians in America pray for them. More than one asked with heartful emotion, “You pray for us? Thank-you very much”.
Kate writes on p. 28: “This book is a journey into Afghanistan…I invite you. Come with me. Join me in the rickshaws and taxis, the bazaares, offices and Afghan homes. You will be our guest. Listen in to our conversations as we share our lives and our faith with one another”.
And that is exactly what it felt like throughout the reading of this book. That I have taken a trip to Afghanistan with a courageous Christian woman who sacrificed the comforts of home to answer the call that the Lord gave her: To share the love of Jesus to a backwards Muslim nation that deserve to experience His peace and salvation just as much as anyone here in the U.S.
Moody Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.