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Pray for the protection and provision of
refugees from the Middle East.
Photo: Flickr / Bengin Ahmad (cc)

A mass migration is still underway as Syrians stream into Europe via Turkey. The crisis is lessening Syria's prospects for reconstruction and devastating its church. While multitudes of Christian youths and families are understandably desperate to leave the Middle East, their pastors and priests are longing for them to stay -- something they will understandably not do without security.

In any conflict, the wealthy are the first to flee. Then, as life becomes intolerable, the middle class flee across borders into camps where they wait, in hopes that the fighting will end and they will be able to return to their homes and businesses. When the fighting doesn't end, they seek alternatives, including the services of people smugglers. Lacking resources, the poor have little choice but to stay and watch their children grow up traumatized, brutalized, and without stable education.

Several of the refugee camps are much too dangerous for religious minorities. Consequently, most Christians hope to obtain refuge in monasteries, churches, Christian schools and other suitable buildings. Thus the local church carries the burden, explains Elizabeth Kendall in her informative report for RLPB. The global church needs to share this load and send necessary aid to those caring for refugees, she further informs, but only through recognized Christian agencies.

The crisis facing followers of Christianity in the Middle East is existential. Of course, Christian families should be rescued. Yet, ideally, a safe haven needs to be established in the historic Christian heartland where believers can preserve their heritage and culture, worship freely and educate their children with liberty and security. The Assyrian hope for this to eventually be fulfilled lives on... fuelled by faith and rooted in the promise of God as found in Isaiah 19:23-25. May the Lord intervene for the persecuted people of the Middle East while continuing to build His persevering church. Additional reports on the crisis in Syria can be found at our Syria Country Report.

Pray specifically that the 'Lord of Hosts' will intervene mightily on behalf of each imperilled believer in Syria and all surrounding Middle Eastern countries. Request that He secure justice and liberty for His precious people, provide those requiring rescue the assistance and means to do so, while also making it possible for others who want to stay in their homeland the option of having a safe sanctuary within their own country. Ask Him to provide for each church, monastery and organization that's tirelessly sheltering and caring for the multitudes of Christian refugees, enabling them to raise the necessary funds and give a voice to the voiceless. May the Holy Spirit flood the hearts of all pastors, priests and Christian workers across the Middle East with His love, grace and comfort -- so their faith would remain strong and their hope will not fade.

Do not miss the opportunity to pray on behalf of the persecuted church with fellow believers around the world on Sunday, November 8th. For more information on this year's International Day of Prayer and how you can participate, please go to this page. Be sure to share this information with others of your church and prayer group.

Country Information

20,384,316 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab (50), Alawite (15) Kurd (10), Levantine (10) other (15)

Religion (%)
Islam (87), Christianity (10), Druze (3)

President Bashar al-Asad (2000)

Government type
Presidential republic; highly authoritarian regime

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law (for family courts)

Ssource: CIA World Factbook.

Pray for Syria

Pray that the Lord of hosts will intervene in Syria to "preserve all who love Him" and "frustrate the way of the wicked" (Psalm 145:20; Psalm 146:9). Ask that the Spirit of God will subvert the rebellion of the militant groups so the "will for peace" shall indeed prevail over "the will for war." May the Lord provide for Syria's churches, ensuring that they are adequately equipped with the necessary ministry tools, resources and workers to continue faithfully serving and ministering as lights in the darkness (Matthew 5:14-16).


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    Rockets launched by the Sham Legion - Photo: Wikipedia / Qasioun News Agenc
    The Sham Legion is a group of 19
    Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
    Photo: Wikipedia / Qasioun News Agency (cc)

    Radwan Muhammad is a Kurdish teacher and headmaster for a Christian school in the city of Afrin in northern Syria. He was ordered by the Sham Legion (Faylaq al-Sham) -- a coalition of Sunni

  • Christians Blocked from Refugee Camps
    Refugee Camp
    Refugee camp
    Photo: Voice of America

    Christians who have fled war-ravaged areas of Syria are facing continued persecution while trying to seek refuge in camps set up in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. A substantial number of them are being blocked by United Nations officials when attempting to enter

  • Christians At Risk
    Hovsep Bedoyan
    Church leader Hovsep Bedoyan
    Photo: Middle East Concern /
    Middle East Council of Churches

    When American troops pulled out of Syria, and Turkish troops moved in to establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria, there were understandable concerns about the safety of the people living in this area. Turkis

  • Turkish Offensive Raises Concerns for Christians
    Devastation from the war in Syria.

    As the Turkish military, along with allied Syrian rebels, continue their operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, Christian communities are concerned about the repercussions that may follow. While the campaign is not religiously motivated, believers in the region face particular vulnerabi