Before the civil war, although meetings were monitored, Christians were respected in society, but this is rapidly changing. Muslim Background Believers (Christians from a Muslim Background) face opposition from family and friends, and also now from foreign extremist fighters and mercenaries. Previously, Christians were persecuted for supporting the government, or not taking sides. Now a clear religious motive has been added by the influx of these foreign radicals. Many Christians have been abducted, physically harmed and killed, churches damaged or destroyed, and tens of thousands of Christians have fled.
- For Christians who’ve had to flee their homes
- For the emergency relief and trauma counseling that Open Doors is able to offer
- Give thanks that, despite the challenges, the Syrian church is reaching out to others