Devastation of a nation

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Since 2011 many of Syria’s cities have been devastated by the civil war, 93,000 have died, 6.8 million are in need, 4.3 million displaced and 1.6 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. There are food shortages. Bloodshed continues and in the middle the church is suffering. The church has been here 2,000 years. Paul was converted on his way to Damascus and the Christians were first called so in Antioch.

Christians in Syria see the situation as a God-given opportunity in ministry whether it’s supplying physical needs or bringing God’s word. New converts are saying they may have lost everything but have won Christ in their lives. ‘Whatever we lost doesn’t compare with what we got through this crisis.’ Christian leaders believe the church has been prepared for these days. It means many are staying rather than fleeing and offering support at every level-spiritual, emotional and physical. The church is at work. They know they alone have a message of hope and peace.The Lord Christ is the only place of peace and refuge.

Believers there say the most important thing the rest of the world can do for them now is to pray.

Open Doors among other ministries is providing food packages, securing temporary housing, offering trauma counselling, distributing Christian literature including Bibles and giving discipleship training.


Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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