For more than 5 years, the Syrian city of Aleppo has been divided between government and opposition controlled areas. Recently though, the opposition fighters have come very close to one of the Christian areas in the city, and many Christians are struggling to know what the is the right thing to do. Those with the financial means to flee the city have already left, leaving behind poverty and confusion in the place they once called home.
Pastor Samuel* (pseudonym), a pastor from one of the churches in the city, says: “Many see no hope in the city and no reason to stay. They face the dilemma: stay, live in very hard and risky circumstances and wait to die, or leave the city. For me as a pastor, besides facing the same circumstances, my challenge is knowing what to say to help encourage others. Unfortunately, I don’t have all the answers, I don’t know what is the best. What about the elderly people or the families that have small children? What about all those who have no financial means to leave the city? I continue to pray that the Lord will give me mercy, hope and peace. I ask for the wisdom to help the people make the right decision, and in the end, I ask how I can give these people the hope found only in Him.”
- Pray for Syria – for peace on the streets, and end to the war and renewed hope for her people.
- Pray for Christians in Aleppo and other areas of Syria, as they struggle to know what is right for them and their families. Pray that they will know the peace of their Father God and be able to reflect that peace and hope in their hurting communities.
- Pray for the millions of displaced Syrian refugees, that many will come to know Christ through the work of Christian aid workers and others seeking to bring them help and hope.
Job 11 vs 18: “And you will have confidence, because there is hope;
you will be protected and take your rest in safety.“