The world has so far pledged more than two and a half billion dollars to restore Afghanistan. The rebuilding is expected to be more challenging than the U.S.-led military anti-terrorism effort. It's an opportune time for Christian relief and development groups to get involved. International Aid's Jerry Dykstra says their team has wrapped up an assessment trip. "They've been mapping out the future of Afghanistan, especially as it relates to health issues. We hope to play a real significant role in that rebuilding of Afghanistan; it is one of the poorest countries in the world. Perhaps that would mean helping supply and rebuild hospitals." Dykstra says in order for their teams to be effective, their outreach must be focused. "We just have to concentrate on what we can do best and how we can help the people the most. As people see what we do, they will see that we're Christians, and that this will be a catalyst in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
From another side, the people of Afghanistan are seeing the demonstration of Christ's love firsthand as Christian relief agencies are helping the needy. Word Vision's Al Dwyer is in Herat distributing food at the city's soccer stadium, which he says was used by the Taliban for public beatings and executions. "People accused of murder or adultery were generally taken to the stadium and public executions were held in the football field. A lot of the local staff had bad memories. It was an evil place. So, I think this distribution now based on the fact that thousands of people every day are getting food needed to sustain life are coming to the stadium is changing the perception here." Nearly a half million people are being fed by the program. Dwyer says they're doing everything in the name of Christ. "Our faith really manifests itself through our actions. It's a demonstration right now. There's a bit of a change going on here. I think in the future there's going to be more openness in this society. That's not something you get over in a week."
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