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MIDDLE EAST: Refugee Remains Faithful Amid Hardships

MIDDLE EAST: Refugee Remains Faithful Amid Hardships

Abdallah, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, holds fast to his Christian faith despite suffering unemployment, homelessness and persecution from Muslim family members.

Although his father was a committed teacher of Islam, Abdallah was attracted to Christianity at an early age. He said he resisted his first visit to a mosque, which left him with a feeling of “fire coming from my face … as if evils were in front of me.”

Abdallah purchased his first Bible after his father died, but his mother did not approve. “When my 90-year-old mother saw the Bible, she fainted,” he said. His brothers threw the Bible away and forced him to take a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Then, when war broke out in Syria in 2011, the family moved to Lebanon, where Abdallah bought another Bible.

He has had difficulty finding work, however, because of his Christian faith. “Even though I have many problems, I decided to get baptised one year ago,” Abdallah said. “I have really faced many hard situations and I became homeless, but I will never leave my faith.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank God for the way He has worked in Abdallah’s life. Pray the Lord will provide all his needs and continue to strengthen him spiritually.
  • Pray the Lord will use Abdallah’s testimony as a powerful witness for the Gospel in his local area and beyond. Pray for his protection.
  • Commit to the Lord Abdallah’s family members and pray for their salvation.

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SYRIA: Christians Blocked from Refugee Camps

SYRIA: Christians Blocked from Refugee Camps

Christians who have fled war-ravaged areas of Syria are facing continued persecution while trying to seek refuge in camps set up in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. A substantial number of them are being blocked by United Nations officials when attempting to enter the camps because the majority of UN officials working in these countries are Muslims.

Subsequently, many of the rejected refugees are being forced to live in hiding elsewhere, risking the danger of deportation and/or possible death if found.

As few as one percent of the overall refugees sponsored by other countries are Christian because the applications of those from religious minority groups have been blocked by the Muslim officials responsible for screening them. Former Anglican archbishop, George Carey, is suing the British Home Office, claiming that Britain is complicit in this discrimination.

Despite the dangerous conditions, other refugees who have been forced from their homes in Syria are finding faith in Christ.

Sources: CBN, VOM Canada

  • Pray for the many believers presently facing danger in war-torn areas of the Middle East; ask God to grant them divine protection and strength.
  • Pray that justice, mercy and compassion will be shown to those in need.
  • May the Lord continue to increase the great harvest of souls that’s taking place throughout the world, and that those who have fled to other nations will be given opportunities to share their testimonies with others in their new homelands.

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SYRIA: High Cost of Maintaining the Christian Presence

SYRIA: High Cost of Maintaining the Christian Presence

On 11 November at least two bombs were detonated in Qamishli; one outside a church. At least six civilians were killed and more than 20 wounded. Rev Hovsep Bedoyan (43), an Armenian Catholic priest in Qamishli, was driving his father and two church members to Deir ez-Zor where he was overseeing the reconstruction of a church built by survivors of the Armenian Genocide but destroyed by IS in 2014. Hovsep and his father were killed when their vehicle was ambushed by armed militants. Nobody doubts Rev Hovsep Bedoyan was assassinated for his efforts to re-establish the Christian presence in Deir ez-Zor.

Contrary to its deal with Russia, Turkey and its jihadist proxies continue to press towards the Assyrian town of Tel Tamer. Exploiting insecurity, Islamic State is re-asserting itself.

Source: Christian Faith and Freedom

  • Pray God will intervene to protect, preserve, rescue and sustain His people in north-east Syria.
  • Pray the plans of those who are bent on evil will be frustrated. Pray those intent on doing good will experience the wisdom, provision and blessing of God.
  • Ask God to bring an end to the violence and unrest in Syria.

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Help for Kurdish Believers in Syria

Help for Kurdish Believers in Syria

The Turkish military offensive against Kurdish controlled Syria is well underway.

Although not specifically a campaign against Christians, tens of thousands of believers are caught up in the violence and are in need.

Our ministry partner is already in the region and is supplying food and other aid to Christian refugees.

Please help us to supply necessities to those who are particularly vulnerable and find themselves in the midst of yet another conflict.

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SYRIA: Bomb Attack on Qamishli Church

SYRIA: Bomb Attack on Qamishli Church

On Thursday 11 July, the Syriac Orthodox church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli, North-east Syria, was targeted in a car bomb attack. Although there were no known fatalities, state media reported that 11 civilians were injured and that the church and nearby properties sustained material damage.

The attack on the church, which is in the predominantly Christian district of al-Wusta, took place at 6pm, shortly before the end of the daily 5.30pm prayer service. Residents note that there would have been far more casualties had the attack been carried out minutes later and suggest that this may have been the intention of the perpetrators. The identity of the perpetrators has not yet been confirmed, although there is speculation that Daesh (Islamic State) were behind the attack.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Pray for the wounded and the traumatised, that they will know the Lord’s presence and healing.
  • Pray the Christian community will not be intimidated by this attack but will be agents of reconciliation, healing, peace and hope.
  • Uphold all those in Syria who are intent on violence. Pray they will know the Spirit’s conviction of sin and respond to the Father’s offer of salvation.

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