Afar of Northern Africa

(AH-far) – “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman . . .” (1 Peter 3:7 ESV). Afar families are often broken by sin, with the husband neither honoring nor respecting his wife. In an area where it seemed that few women were coming to faith, a recent revelation was discovered. When a group of Afar pastors were asked why women were not coming to faith, each of them relayed stories of how their own wives had, in fact, become believers. Simultaneously, each pastor pointed out that their own lives had to change first so that their wives could see the power of the gospel. Then, they had to share very carefully and prayerfully, allowing much time for their wives to understand and believe. Pray for believing Afar husbands, asking that God will make obvious changes in their lifestyle, leading them to honor their wives, and that they will carefully and prayerfully share the gospel. Pray that God will give their wives faith and the courage to follow Christ.