Should Missionaries Break the Law?

Former Taliban hostages Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer talk about the risks they took, the imprisonment they suffered, and their plan to return to 'the hardest place on Earth.'

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Overview

Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer went to Afghanistan as aid workers in order to share the love of Christ, and on August 3, 2001 they were arrested by the Taliban. Their release, an answer to many prayers, came on November 15.

Christianity Today's associate news editor Stan Guthrie, who has covered missions for various publications, and senior writer Wendy Murray Zoba, a former missionary, recently spoke with Curry and Mercer about their experiences and their plans for the future. Mercer and Curry's story inspires important questions about the work of missionaries in areas that are hostile to the message of Christ. Chief among these is, "Should Christians go to foreign countries with the express intent to share the gospel when that means breaking the host country's laws?"

Table of Contents

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Our conscience must be captive to Christ.
Teaching point two: God blesses those who seek to do his will.
    • Apply Your Findings

HANDOUT FOR FURTHER STUDY

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • Double Jeopardy, an interview with Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry by Stan Guthrie and Wendy Murray Zoba (July 8, 2002, p.26)

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