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There is a Church in Syria

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The Church in Syria

Time is running out for Syria's Christians

An estimated 600,000 Christians in Syria have already fled the country or lost their lives. Those remaining face violence, persecution

and dire conditions. If Syria falls into the hands of Islamists, the plight of Christians will only get worse. Perhaps only a very few will remain.

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Targeted for destruction

  • Violence
  • Kidnap and torture
  • Sexual assault
  • Murder

Christians in Syria are not only caught in the crossfire of the country’s civil war but are also singled out for atrocities by Islamist rebels. Christian leaders are particular targets, and numerous church buildings have been deliberately destroyed.

Displaced and desperate

Attacks, threats and the invasion of Christian areas by extremists have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee their homes with nothing. Hunger and hardship have become the norm. Food, water, medicines, electricity and petrol are in short supply, and prices have sky-rocketed.

Could you help us to help the Church in Syria survive?

Barnabas Aid has already helped 1 in 10 Christians in Syria. But we urgently need your help to support the other 9.

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  1. $11 buys a sick Christian a day’s supply of antibiotics
  2. $29 on average per month meets the basic needs of one Christian child
  3. $32 provides a blanket in the freezing winter

Please Pray

  • That every Syrian Christian will know the peace of the Lord despite the trauma they are enduring
  • That any decisions made about Syria by Western governments will be made with all Syrians, and especially vulnerable minorities, in mind
  • That God will meet all of their material needs

Syria Petition 2013

As the long and painful trauma of Syria’s beleaguered Christians drags on relentlessly, Barnabas Aid is calling on Western governments to take action on their behalf.

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    • As the Syrian civil war rages on, the militant Islamist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) now controls extensive territory in eastern Syria. The group is acutely hostile to Christians, who are suffering grievous oppression under its rule. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has named Syria as one of the world’s worst violators for the first time, saying that the crisis “has devolved largely into a sectarian conflict” and “represents one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom”, with abuses being committed by all sides. Before the war, it was easier to be a Christian in Syria than almost anywhere else in the Arab world. Pray that the US and other Western governments will continue to work for a resolution of the conflict and for religious freedom for all Syria’s citizens. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 10 hours ago

    • Give thanks that members of a Pakistani Christian family who have been trapped in bonded labour for years have been rescued by Barnabas partners. The owner of the brick kiln where they worked had kept them enslaved by withholding their wages and forcing them to take out a loan from him. When they tried to leave, he made them return, and he beat, tortured and threatened to kill them. The father of the family died in 2013 as a result of illness and weakness. But earlier this year, his widow sought help from our partners, and they obtained a court order for the recovery of the family. Pray for the three members who have already been rescued as they recuperate at a safe house. Pray too for the efforts to secure the freedom of six others still held by the owner. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Aug 2014 00:00

    • About 1,500 Christians staged a protest in Lahore, Pakistan in June 2014 over the grabbing of church-owned property by the government of Punjab. Over ten large properties, including a church, schools, hospitals and graveyards, have been taken. Christian leaders met with the Lahore District Coordination Officer on 15 June to demand the return of the latest school to be seized, but when they failed to get a positive response, Christian protestors took to the streets. Pray that the provincial government will respect the property rights of the churches. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Praise God that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has instructed the government to take specific steps to protect religious minorities from violence and intolerance. The ruling was issued partly in response to the deadly attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar in September 2013, which claimed over 100 lives. The court ordered the formation of a National Council for Minority Rights, a special police force to protect places of worship, and a taskforce to develop strategies to counter intolerance, along with further corrective measures. Campaigners for the rights of Christians in Pakistan welcomed the moves but expressed reservations about whether they would be implemented. Pray that the measures will achieve a tangible improvement in the condition of the country’s Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Aug 2014 00:00

    • Loving Father, we cry out to You for the loved ones of ten Egyptian Christians who were murdered in Libya in February and March this year. We ask that You will bring your healing and peace to their families and friends and comfort their congregations in their loss. We pray for protection for Egyptian and other expatriate Christians in Libya and ask that their neighbours will not yield to requests by the militants to hand them over and get a reward in return. We pray that further Islamist attacks against Christians will be prevented and that the Libyan authorities will establish a greater measure of control over the country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Aug 2014 00:00

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