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There is a Church in Syria

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The Church in Syria

Time is running out for Syria's Christians

An estimated 600,000 Christians in Syria have already fled the country or lost their lives. Those remaining face violence, persecution

and dire conditions. If Syria falls into the hands of Islamists, the plight of Christians will only get worse. Perhaps only a very few will remain.

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Targeted for destruction

  • Violence
  • Kidnap and torture
  • Sexual assault
  • Murder

Christians in Syria are not only caught in the crossfire of the country’s civil war but are also singled out for atrocities by Islamist rebels. Christian leaders are particular targets, and numerous church buildings have been deliberately destroyed.

Displaced and desperate

Attacks, threats and the invasion of Christian areas by extremists have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee their homes with nothing. Hunger and hardship have become the norm. Food, water, medicines, electricity and petrol are in short supply, and prices have sky-rocketed.

Could you help us to help the Church in Syria survive?

Barnabas Fund has already helped 1 in 10 Christians in Syria. But we urgently need your help to support the other 9.

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  1. $12 buys a sick Christian a day’s supply of antibiotics
  2. $30 on average per month meets the basic needs of one Christian child
  3. $34 provides a blanket in the freezing winter

Please Pray

  • That every Syrian Christian will know the peace of the Lord despite the trauma they are enduring
  • That any decisions made about Syria by Western governments will be made with all Syrians, and especially vulnerable minorities, in mind
  • That God will meet all of their material needs

Syria Petition 2013

As the long and painful trauma of Syria’s beleaguered Christians drags on relentlessly, Barnabas Fund is calling on Western governments to take action on their behalf.

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