Pastor B’s church serves in the Syrian city of Tartus. With the support of Open Doors, he and his church community support over 4,000 displaced families. Before the war started, Pastor Boutros had a church of 25 people, now they have grown to 200. About 90% of them are new believers.Pastor Boutros tell us of a sister from the church that remained in the war-torn area.
Along with offering life saving supplies and help to displaced families, his church is also showing people God’s love and hope in other, incredible ways. They are everyday Christians taking risks to show a broken community that God is with them, even in their pain. Check out this story of a courageous, amazing woman, as told to us by Pastor B.
“She was used to taking risks. She was taking food supplies and food items to people who were living in this area controlled by rebels. One time they tried to force themselves into her house. She stood behind the door and she was able to stop them because she was protecting a number of women in her house. They told her: ‘Aren’t you scared that we come and slaughter you?’ She answered: ‘No, I am not afraid because I have the mighty God with me and he is protecting me.’
“She told me: ‘I don’t remember what happened in that moment. Maybe they did not understand what I meant. Or maybe the angel of God was standing behind me and he did to them the same as with Lot in the Old Testament.’
“After a while these same people came to her house, not to threaten her but to invite her, saying that the head of their group wanted to listen to her, he wanted to hear her story. This man was responsible for the entire area there.
‘Do you really want to hear who is behind me? Would you give to me the right to share everything?’
“When she went to visit him, he was surprised to see how a woman would be standing there not shaking. He said: ‘Usually when men come to me, they will be shaking. I want to know, who is behind you? Who is the source of your strength? Which country is helping you?’
“She replied: ‘Do you really want to hear who is behind me? Would you give to me the right to share everything?’
“While the men were pointing guns at her, she shared with them about Jesus Christ who was strengthening her and who is the Lord of peace and the Lord of courage. She spoke for 25 minutes. They did not interrupt her and were listening attentively. At the end, the leader was crying. After that meeting, he disappeared; we don’t know what happened to him. But we know that God took him out of this place.”
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.