7 million people are considered internally displaced persons (IDP) within Syria as the result of the Islamic war of terror (i.e. ISIS). Additionally there are 2 million refugees outside of Syria. Christians are disproportionately represented since the Islamic State following Islamic rules has imposed a “protection” tax on Christians and treats them as unclean and, thus, disposable property. Pastors MY and MH report that children are suffering the most as they are more vulnerable and traded as goods since many have lost their parents. Within Syria, Christian churches and workers are helping some of the families cope and provide food and school needs to kids as the school year begins. Unfortunately, the number of displaced people increases daily and so is the burden on other ethnic communities. God’s Word and His love is also being demonstrated by these actions. An increasing number of people have come to realize the evils of Islam and are leaving that religion and coming to the God of love. Christians were about 10% of the population and with many leaving to escape persecution, Christianity that has existed since the early Church in Damascus and elsewhere is facing major challenges. While some countries are accepting Syrian immigrants to help those individuals, this terror has contributed to the emptying of Syria of Christians, which is a major goal of the Islamic terrorists.
Pastors MH and MY (with the support from SyriaVision) are able to visit families in stress, patients injured in the war, and provide school supplies to children. In a recent conversation, Pastor MY quoted 2 Cor. 2:14-15 as both a picture and a prayer for Syrian Christ-followers, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give our Christian brothers and sisters who minister to Syrian people inside Syria the wisdom, courage and comfort as they fearlessly spread God’s word even at their own and their families’ safety and expense.