Focusing on Needs Key to Rebuilding Afghanistan

So far the world has pledged more than $2.5 billion 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, said Jerry Dykstra of International Aid, which recently sent a team to the country to assess the situation. "They've been mapping out the future of Afghanistan, especially as it relates to health issues," Dykstra said. "It is one of the poorest countries in the world. Perhaps that would mean helping supply and rebuild hospitals." Dykstra says keeping focused on meeting people's physical as well as spiritual needs is key to a successful rebuilding effort. "We must concentrate on what we 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 will be a catalyst in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ."

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