VIDEO ‘Our secret weapon is prayer’: Nonprofit working to bring Afghan Christian family to safety

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Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. | WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

As the Taliban continues to gain control of Afghanistan a former Marine, who’s now the leader of a nonprofit agency helping victims of trauma, says he’s working to bring an Afghan family of eight who converted to Christianity to safety in the U.S.

Victor Marx, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms in southern California during the 1980s, is the CEO of All Things Possible, a Christian nonprofit organization that works to “identify, interrupt & restore those affected by trauma.”

Marx’s ministry specifically addresses “the plights of those affected by [the Islamic State], troubled juvenile offenders, and … military personnel from all branches including the special operations community.” Having found All Things Possible after the rise of ISIS in 2014, Marx told CP that he’s been to Iraq and Syria more than a dozen times.

With the Taliban on the march in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, many Christians and other religious minorities living in the country find themselves in danger. Marx is working to secure the funds necessary to rescue a Christian family that he says the Taliban is chasing.

While the family’s Christianity has made them a target of the Taliban, Marx also attributed the danger they face to the fact that they belong to “an ethnic tribe that is loathed by the Taliban.”

The father in the family worked with the U.S. government, another factor that contributes to the Taliban’s desire to kill them, Marx said.

The former Marine predicted that if the Taliban capture the family, “they’ll kill the wife and children in front of the husband to make him suffer before they kill him.”

Marx first became aware of the situation when an Afghan-born woman whose American husband worked with him in the past left him a frantic voicemail that he shared on his Instagram account.

“I really need help. I just talked to my sister and her family, they are in danger. They are trying to run out of the city and … they are being chased by the Taliban,” she said.

“They were screaming, pleading, asking for help,” the woman added. “She was saying ‘please have mercy on us, ‘please send help.’” She pleaded with Marx to help her family and from there, the evangelist announced on his Instagram page that “the rescue of a family in Afghanistan has begun.”

Marx first informed his followers on social media Tuesday about his intention to rescue the family, explaining that “we have close ties because of their relative who has worked with us.”

“They are definitely persecuted,” he stressed. “They are being hunted by the Taliban.”

He gave a status update about his efforts to rescue the family earlier this week. In an Instagram post, he said he’d been “up most [of] the night texting and communicating with this family.”

Noting that “they’ve been trying to get out [for] months through proper channels with the embassy,” Marx said his organization is “their only hope to get out before they are found and murdered.”

“Our secret weapon is prayer. We have thousands of people praying,” Marx told The Christian Post. “And of course, people supporting the funding aspect of it.”

Marx said he’s also informed the U.S. State Department as well as Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who represents Colorado Springs, where All Things Possible is based.

He told CP that his church, Calvary Worship Center, has also been supportive of his efforts.

“They believe that faith without works is dead, so they are absolutely supportive of what we’re doing and they have been for years,” he said. 

Marx emphasized that the ultimate goal of his rescue operation is to bring the family to the U.S.

“All Things Possible is prepared to sponsor them to the U.S. and help them transition with actually a family member in the U.S.,” he said.

The chaos that has ensued following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has made Marx’s effort to bring the family to safety more difficult.

“We have people on the ground giving us real-time intelligence,” he said. Describing the situation in Afghanistan as “absolutely horrific,” he lamented that “there are American citizens that are in Kabul that are stuck.” Although he is dedicating particular attention to rescuing the family of eight, Marx has also received calls for help from American families stranded in the war-torn country.

“We’re getting many messages from Americans that are stuck saying, ‘can somebody rescue us,’” he said.

Marx slammed what he described as the “poor leadership” of the Biden administration: “It’s an absolute travesty largely created, honestly not by the Taliban [but] by the U.S. government, by the Biden administration.”

Although the Biden administration has faced heat for its handling of Afghanistan pullout, the Trump administration first made plans to leave Afghanistan.

Marx contended that the U.S. military should have worked to “systematically, safely [and] methodically” evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghans that worked with the U.S. government. He shared his belief that there are “tons” of American citizens waiting to evacuate Afghanistan who’ve become “dehydrated” and “sick.”

Marx also issued a plea to the American people.

“Americans, regardless of what political affiliation, religious or not, need to demand [that] the administration provide real humanitarian relief and bring every American home and those [Afghans] that worked with us to protect us.”

In a short video, Marx detailed how his own conversion experience motivated him to help others seek redemption. Marx, who served in the Marine Corps from 1983 to 1986, suffered from abuse as a young child, including electrocution and molestation. As he got older, Marx began to drink and use drugs because he was “hurting a lot.”

“I thank God that He kept me alive, to be able to not only tell my story in a way that’s redemptive but give other people hope, including children both here in the U.S. and around the world,” he proclaimed.

Although Marx always believed in God, he recalled that he initially viewed Him as “a very distant task-master.”

[We also pray for the many Christians who face death with the Taliban takeover. We further pray for their rescue.]

By Ryan Foley, Christian Post Reporter

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

https://www.christianpost.com/news/nonprofit-working-to-bring-christian-afghan-family-to-safety.html


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Carried Through the Storm

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29

During Scottish missionary Alexander Duff’s first voyage to India in 1830, he was shipwrecked in a storm off the coast of South Africa. He and his fellow passengers made it to a small, desolate island; and a short time later, one of the crew found a copy of a Bible belonging to Duff washed ashore on the beach. When the book dried, Duff read Psalm 107 to his fellow survivors, and they took courage. Finally, after a rescue and yet another shipwreck, Duff arrived in India.

Psalm 107 lists some of the ways God delivered the Israelites. Duff and his shipmates no doubt identified with and took comfort in the words: “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven” (vv. 29–30). And, like the Israelites, they too “[gave] thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind” (v. 31).

We see a parallel to Psalm 107:28–30 in the New Testament (Matthew 8:23–27; Mark 4:35–41). Jesus and His disciples were in a boat at sea when a violent storm began. His disciples cried out in fear, and Jesus—God in flesh—calmed the sea. We too can take courage! Our powerful God and Savior hears and responds to our cries and comforts us in the midst of our storms.

Reflect & Pray

When have you cried out to God in a “storm”? What was the result?

Thank You, God, for not leaving me to face the storms on my own. I need You!

Our Heavenly Home

Revelation 21:22-27 through Revelation 22:1-6

Have you ever come home after traveling and experienced a feeling of security and delight? There’s often a reassuring sense of comfort upon opening the door to familiar things and the awareness of being where you belong.

The apostle John was given glimpses of our future home, the new Jerusalem. You may be surprised to know that there were no church buildings in John’s vision, “for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (Revelation 21:22). No longer will denominations divide up the body of Christ. Nor will the sun or moon shine on the city in that day, “for the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:23). Imagine—no need for electricity.

Another feature of our future home is that its gates will always be open. Since sin won’t be a factor, locks will not be necessary. In fact, nothing tainted will ever enter that future residence—not even death or decay. The abundant life we look forward to in Christ will be pure and unmarred.

That feeling you have when you open your front door is but a hint of what we’ll feel upon arriving at the heavenly place our Father has prepared for us. All will be restored, and we’ll at last truly be home.

Sealed by the Holy Spirit

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

From very ancient times it has been the custom to confirm and guarantee an agreed-on purchase by sealing the contract with a seal that could only be broken by the buyer when he was ready to take possession of his purchase.

The marvelous transaction seen by John at God’s throne in heaven was in reference to this practice. There, only the Lamb is found worthy to open the seven-sealed scroll on which is recorded the title to the whole creation. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the [scroll], and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood” (Revelation 5:9). The purchase price had been paid on Calvary, and the resurrected Lamb had come to claim His possession.

And we are part of that possession! The price has been paid for our redemption from sin’s bondage, but we have not yet entered on the inheritance which our great Redeemer has promised us. In the meantime, our individual title deed, as it were, has been sealed by none other than the Holy Spirit. He is not only the seal, but also the “earnest”—that is, the down payment, the earnest money—who guarantees the total “redemption of the purchased possession.”

His personal presence in our lives is our assurance that the full promise will be fulfilled, and we are urged to “grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). He “hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 1:22). HMM

The Old One-Hundredth Psalm 100

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we are His—His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations (vv. 1-5).

A brilliant example of an ancient musician at his best is contained in this enduring psalm. Perhaps only the Twenty-third is more widely known and loved in all of Christendom.

The things that are most familiar to us, however, often lose their deepest meaning. To rediscover the rich mother lode of treasure in these verses, I’ve asked myself why this passage has remained one of the best loved in all the Bible.

There are at least five reasons: First, the Lord is God—Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer (v. 3). Second, he made me and I belong to him. My identity is in him. I’m not a faceless nonentity, floating through the impersonal cosmos, but a child of God, “the sheep of His pasture” (v. 3). Third, the Lord is good. He wishes me well, not evil (v. 5). Fourth, he loves me with an endless love because I am infinitely precious to him (v. 5). Finally, his covenant of love extends to my children—D.J. and Kathy—and to my grandchildren (v. 5).

Such good news fills me with joy and a desire to ‘enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise,”

Personal Prayer

Dear Lord, help me to shout for joy today, to worship you with gladness, and to come before you with joyful songs.

A Contemporary Lyric

Sing Joyfully Before the Lord!

Sing joyfully before the Lord,

Obey Him gladly on the earth;

Rejoicing, take Him at His Word,

Before Him sing with joy and mirth!

Go through His open gates with joy,

Go to His courts with deepest praise;

Let grateful songs your tongue employ,

And bless His name for endless days!

Because the Lord is always good,

His faithfulness forever sure,

His truth for endless ages firmly stood,

And will for ages still endure.

Words and music by Don Wyrtzen © 1971 Singspiration Music.

“Wobbly Christians”

So let us discard the deeds of the darkness and put on the armor of light.—Romans 13:12

The armor of God will not do us any good unless it is worn in its entirety. We must put on the whole armor of God, not just a few of the pieces we think are most suitable for us.

This again is something of crucial importance. If we are to be steadfast soldiers in the Lord’s army, if we are to avoid becoming what John Stott calls “wobbly Christians who have no firm foothold in Christ,” then we must put on the entire equipment which God provides for us. We cannot—we dare not—select parts of the armor and say: “I don’t really like the helmet of salvation, but I don’t mind wearing the breastplate of righteousness.” You can do that, of course, but if you do, then you must know exactly what will happen to you—you will be overcome by Satan. The moment you say: “I need the breastplate, but I don’t need the helmet,” you are defeated. You need it all—the whole armor of God.

You see, our understanding of what is involved in spiritual defense against Satan is extremely inadequate. We just don’t have sufficient knowledge of what is involved. It is God alone who knows our enemy, and it is God alone who knows exactly how to protect us so that we remain firm and steadfast when Satan and his forces hurl themselves against us. So learn this lesson now before going any further—every single piece of God’s armor is essential, and to select some and leave out the others is to take the route to failure and defeat.

Prayer

O God, deliver me from the attitude of pride that seeks to put my ideas ahead of Your ideas. You know more about what I need to protect me from the enemy than I do. Help me ever to trust Your judgment. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

Further Study

2Co 6:1-10; Php 1:27; 1Pt 5:9

What was a necessary requirement for Paul’s ministry?

What are we called to do?

Fulfilling the Law

Romans 8:1-4

There is not a word, rightly understood in the Scriptures, in the whole New Testament that disparages or ignores or sets aside the Law of God. As the Apostle Paul comes to the climax of his argument, the great end and purpose towards which he has been advancing, he writes: “that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:4). Jesus Christ shall destroy the work of the devil, restore man, and enable him to walk in the light.

What the law tried to do by a restraining power from without, the gospel does by an inspiring power from within. That is the difference. I could not keep it in the letter, but, united to my heavenly Bridegroom, I can keep it in the Spirit. He fills me with His love, and this enables me to keep the law, for love is the fulfilling of the law.

The apostle evidently considered this fulfillment of the law of righteousness in us as the highest end of our existence and of redemption; for he says, God sent His Son that the righteousness of the law may be fulfilled in us.

How? We shall be delivered from the reigning, condemning power of the law by virtue of an infinite, vicarious sacrifice punished in our stead, and then, married to Him, we shall serve in the newness of the spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Now let us look at the fruit brought forth. Those people who are thus united to Christ fulfill the law in their affections. It is commonly said that if you get hold of the affections of a man or a woman you get hold of him or her. So you do. This is the touchstone. If you want to keep the precious things you have, hold them in subordination to Him. Oh, if Christ had your affections, how it would operate in everything!

This fruit will also appear in our family relations. When we have the fullness of love, it enables us to love God best and our neighbor as our self.

This fruit will also appear in our church relations. Is it not a fact that we are each other’s keeper? Is it not a fact that God will require our influence over other souls? I believe it.

And now let us go down on our knees before God and ask Him to work this love in us and give us this spirit, that we may thus fulfill this law in all its relations.

Catherine Booth, Aggressive Christianity