Syrian Christians Hit by Rocket Fire and Swine Flu

In an email sent to Barnabas Fund last Tuesday, Barnabas partner Dr Jany Haddad, who is based in the city of Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, described how the death toll of the city’s Christians rises daily. This is partly as a result of the harsh winter conditions and partly to continued rocket fire.

Emanuel Armenian Church was badly damaged when it was hit by a rocket on Sunday 17 January

Even so, he praises God that no one was hurt when a church was hit by a rocket last Sunday:

“On Sunday … morning at Emanuel Armenian Evangelical church, just after the general service, there was a youth gathering, it was concluded just around 11.45-11.50, and the attack was just when the leader of the youth went out of the church. We are very grateful to my Lord’s protection and guidance. Otherwise, the number of deaths and wounded Christians were going to be in tens and hundreds. 

… At the same day and one day before, many rockets hit our Christian society and we had seven deaths and 53 injured people.

Still as you know, the weather is getting cold … due to a windy snow storm. Still no fuel, no heating system, and since more than four months no electricity to cover some heating needs. Gas cylinders are rare and rocketing in the prices.

Daily, there are people admitted to hospitals, private and general, with H1N1 flu and daily we hear about one or two deaths. In spite the government has, generously, providing vaccine to everyone who needs it, but the epidemic is still active and spreading like crazy horse.”

  • Give thanks that no-one was injured when the church was hit by rocket fire.
  • Pray for Christians in Syria, whose communities are often targeted by rocket fire. Pray for continues protection over them, their families and property.
  • Pray for an end to the current flu epidemic in Syria, made worse by the harsh winter conditions and deprivation of the population.
  • Pray for the peace talks due to be held soon for Syria, that they will successfully bring about a deal for peace in this land.

Psalm 91 vs 14: “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.”


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