Christianity in Syria began 2,000 years ago. It was on the road to Damascus that the Apostle Paul experienced his conversion to Christianity, and Syria remains one of the few places where Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, can still be heard. The ongoing war of terror in Syria has left the country in shambles, with more than 11 million people—half of the nation’s pre-war population—either killed or driven away from their homes.
Most people have been internally displaced to areas with less fighting, and Christians are disproportionally affected as they are targeted and persecuted. Pastor MH described the current situation in Syria as “the worst humanitarian crisis” but also as “an opportunity to show God’s love to a needy world.” He added that Christians have a unique opportunity to provide embattled residents with a glimmer of hope in the midst of the conflict around them.
The pastors whom SyriaVision.org supports see God’s hand at work. Both Muslims and Christians who have been displaced receive help as they witness the love of Jesus Christ in practice. These pastors and other workers are currently preparing for winter, collecting blankets, clothing, and other necessities such as cooking supplies. Medical supplies and medicines are also in short supply and are being acquired for evacuees. Christian workers are getting ready to reach refugees during Christmas. They will put on plays, hold church services and run activities celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
God is good, and His significant work in Syria is no exception. Many are coming to Christ, churches are overflowing, and new churches are forming. Internally displaced people are flowing into churches. Some simply ask for help, but others are open to seeking love and peace in Jesus Christ and trusting Him as Savior.
Please pray for the Christian pastors and workers who risk their own and their families’ lives every day as they visit and work with refugees, and please pray for peace in Syria.