In 2013 we launched the Save Syria campaign – in the midst of civil war Syria 2000 year old Christian community was literally being destroyed. But with your help we’ve managed to do some incredible things. We’re still working in Syria supporting churches and partners who are shining their light in the midst of terrible darkness. Here’s some of the stats:
Open Doors Deputy CEO met with Syrian refugees in the Lebanon last year.
“Don’t people care that Christians are dying in Syria?” a young mother asked me on one of my visits to Lebanon last year.
I gave her a bracelet with 20 beads and told her that for every bead, more than 10,000 Christians around the world had spoken up to their leaders and were praying for Christians like her.
With tears in her eyes she told me, “Now when I am afraid for my life, I will look down at my bracelet. Knowing we are not alone gives us strength to carry on.”
I also met a pastor who had been able to decorate his church with cards he’d received through our campaign. The cards inspired his church to take their Christmas Day celebrations out to shelters for displaced people. The pastor told me, “This is because the cards you sent reminded us to value individuals.”
At home, we were bowled over by the generosity of Premier Radio listeners, who funded more than 13,000 Bibles in response to our Syria appeal. One Syrian pastor said, “They are really important. We need them to transform our minds, to get rid of the images of blood.”
Another pastor told me simply, “We thank you for being part of what He has done.”
But as well as supporting Christians in Syria, we’ve been amplifying their voice. When we presented the petition to the UN, one official said to me, “It is very rare to see any kind of consensus on Syria, so to see a petition signed by so many people from 99 different countries is beautiful.” She added, “We have to do more to make sure the voice of the Syrian church is heard.”
It is our privilege to continue to pray, to provide and speak up for our brothers and sisters in Syria. So please keep praying, keep giving, keep campaigning. We’ve made a massive difference and we’re not done yet.
You can give to help Syrian Christians who have lost everything in the war. Just £4 will provide a relief pack for a single person full of supplies that would last a week.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.