SYRIA

Category: Restricted Nation, Religion: Muslim 90.0%, Christian 6.3%, Ideology: Islam, Head of State: President Bashar al-Asad

In the world, the idea “never let a good crisis go to waste” has an ominous tone; when people have been stripped of their pride, broken and made weak by a crisis, evil agendas gain ground. But in God’s Kingdom, when the world has stripped people of any false thing in which they’d placed their hope, they are able to receive the Truth when it’s presented to them.

From a Voice of the Martyrs bulletin:

“The New Road to Damascus”

“The war in Syria is one of the greatest crises seen in the Middle East in the last 20 years. It has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, both Muslim and Christian. More than 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. In the midst of this crisis, our persecuted family is boldly reaching out. And the reactions of Muslims have been astonishing.

“When you hear about one Muslim coming to Christ, it’s a great thing, and everybody rejoices,” said a VOM Syrian contact. “Today in Syria I’m not talking about one person. We’re talking about hundreds and even thousands of Muslims coming to know Christ.”

From Infidels to Bible People

Teams of believers are working in the refugee camps, providing Christ’s love while sharing material aid, such as medical supplies and Bibles, as well as spiritual aid. Christians, widely considered “infidels” in Syria, are now often and affectionately referred to as “the Bible People.”

“This war is like a knife in the heart of the church. No human can stand that suffering. But there is God’s presence. I can see Christ in the midst of darkness.”  —VOM National Contact

Please pray for Christians who face not only the horrific effects of war but also continued persecution. Please also pray for those who are bravely using this opportunity to advance the kingdom.

“God is doing miracles inside the country,” a Christian worker told VOM. “But even if he allows us to die, it will be an honor for us to die for his name, to glorify his name.”

The opportunities for ministry in Syria today exceed what we thought possible. Working with the Syrian church and local workers, VOM continues to distribute material aid, Bibles and Christian literature, and support for pastors and the evangelistic teams. VOM will continually seek ways to increase our efforts.”

If you want to help finance what VOM is doing for the Syrian refugees, you can do so here: https://secure.persecution.com/p-5308-help-for-syria.aspx

 

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