Syria is barely out of the news. Cities under siege, pictures of thousands fleeing, unending and extreme violence. The last 5 years have seen the horrors of war beamed into our screens, and the hope for a solution still seems far off. But, there are signs of hope. There are signs that God is still moving and the church is still fulfilling it’s mission to share his love and life.
Kristina – like many other Syrian Christians – left her home church in Aleppo to flee to a safer area. “In my church, now only ten per cent of the regular church-goers are left,” Kristina explains, talking about her church back in Aleppo. “But you know what’s surprising? The church is still filled with people: refugees take their place. Muslims are coming to the church now.”
War and Islamic extremism have caused millions to flee from Syria, while millions of others are displaced within the region, struggling to survive, often too poor or unwell to leave. Though Christians face the added threat of being targeted by Islamic extremists, many are choosing to stay and serve their communities. They believe they have a vital role to play in rebuilding their nations.
Open Doors partners are providing tens of thousands of families with vital aid and long-term support. But their work is hard, and no one knows when the crisis will end. The global church cannot stand by and let the church in the Middle East be destroyed or forgotten.
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