During the past six weeks more than 50,000 Christians have left their homes, fleeing from persecution and violence in Syria.
Homes have been attacked by ‘fanatics’ who are linked to al-Qaeda. Islamists have gone to houses, forcing Christians to leave. Fears have grown that Islamists are gaining influence and power in this region. The increased violence and persecution has caused many to flee and escape to villages in the mountains.
Throughout the ongoing unrest, Syrian Christians have faced a dilemma of allegiance. They regard the current regime as having been a protector for many years and fear that any replacement regime is likely to prove more hostile. Yet along with others in Syria, they know that open allegiance to either the government or to the opposition could bring retaliation from the other side.
- Pray for the Christians who are suffering in Syria that they will not be afraid but will trust in the Lord.
- Pray that those driven from their homes will find a new place to settle and that they will be surrounded by people to love and support them.
- Pray the Lord will use Christians in Syria as a light for the Gospel.