Taliban gunmen shot and killed 34-year-old Gayle Williams, a Christian aid worker in Kabul, as she was walking to work because she was “spreading her religion,” The Associated Press (AP) reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting Williams, a South African – British national who worked with disabled Afghans.
“This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan. Our leaders issued a decree to kill this woman. This morning our people killed her in Kabul,” Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban, told AP.
AP reported Williams was working for a Christian charity organization, SERVE (Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprises), which has worked with Afghan refugees in Pakistan since 1980. In a statement on its Web site, SERVE described Williams as “a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled.”
In August 2007, the Taliban kidnapped 23 South Korean aid workers from a church group. Two were killed and the rest were released a month later. In 2001, eight international aid workers were imprisoned and charged with preaching Christianity.
The Voice of the Martyrs supports Christians in Afghanistan by providing literature and other ministry tools to the indigenous house church leaders. VOM encourages you to pray for the family of Williams during this difficult time. Ask God to protect believers as they share the gospel under such challenging times. Pray Williams’ testimony will draw nonbelievers and Taliban members into fellowship with Him.