As the US, France, UK and perhaps other countries prepare to attack Syria, and with the possibility of Russian and Syrian retaliation, Syrian Christians see this as a very critical moment for them.
They are concerned for all their fellow-citizens, and especially because missile attacks are thought likely to target Damascus and certain other regions where Christians form a substantial minority. Mothers are in great distress each day as they send their children off to school, wondering if they will ever see their little ones again, longing to be with them if a missile strikes.
Pray and fast with them tomorrow
Syrian Christian leaders have called for Friday 13 April to be a day of prayer and fasting. A Christian leader has spoken to Barnabas Fund of the Syrian Christians’ conviction that God is with them at this time, as He has been during the last seven years of war.
Despite losing so many killed and wounded, despite the fact that so many have fled to seek refuge both internally and externally, the Christians continue to believe and to express their confidence in God that He will be their Helper and their Protector, that He is sovereign, and above all else that He is with them at this time of great trial.
They call upon the international community to find ways of peace, and for Christians around the world to pray with them and for them. They fear that an international war in their beloved homeland will not only devastate the whole Syrian population but could be a catastrophe for the Syrian Christian community and for all Christians in the Middle East.
Indeed, the damage to Christians in Islamic contexts could go still further. A Pakistani Christian leader said last month that a war in the Middle East could trigger attacks on Christians in Pakistan. For whenever the West attacks Muslim people, Muslim extremists retaliate by attacking vulnerable Christian minorities.
Will you pray with and for our Christian brothers and sisters? Make this Friday a special time of intercession as you join Syrian believers to call upon the Lord.
Pray for peace, even at this late hour. Pray that believers may cling in faith and hope to the Lord’s promise: “Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Give them a practical gift today
With the economic situation so dire in Syria and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes, our Christian brothers and sisters desperately need your help. A gift to Barnabas Fund could provide food, medical care or other humanitarian aid, and help them to rebuild their lives. A typical monthly food parcel can cost around £26 (€29).
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