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Syria Petition 2013

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Syria

The End of the Church in Syria?

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

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Syrian Christians are caught in the crossfire of the brutal civil war that has raged for more than two years between supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. But they are also being deliberately targeted by Islamists among the opposition forces because of their faith. They have suffered violent attack, kidnap for ransom, torture, sexual assault and murder; their homes and neighbourhoods have been taken over and their church buildings deliberately destroyed. Around 600,000 have fled the country, and even more are internally displaced.

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Syria’s christians appeal to you

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n behalf of my community and all Christian societies in Syria, we urge Western authorities to take the measures necessary to protect our Christian civilians in the country. We ask them to shift their thoughts towards increasing financial support to our Christian societies and communities because of their dire need at this time. We ask your governments sincerely and seriously to take into account the plight of our Christian societies and communities in Syria and continue your support to hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees here and beyond the borders.

Dr Jany Haddad, senior Baptist church leader in Syria, Professor of Surgery, Founder and President of the Armenian Christian Medical Association, Founder and President of Living Hope for Families ministries

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n behalf of Syrian Christians and other minority communities, we plead for peace in Syria, and we are ready to work through our people and churches to maintain peaceful coexistence among all peoples and faiths in the region. We entreat Western governments to alleviate the suffering of our people by providing urgent humanitarian aid, as our communities are in dire need. The majority have been displaced from their homes with hardly anything to subsist on; most are jobless, homeless, and in danger of abduction and assaults by radical militants.

Mrs Rosangela Jarjour, from Homs, Syria, General Secretary of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches

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urgently call upon Barnabas Fund:

  • to respond to the humanitarian needs of our churches, especially by providing Christians with basic needs
  • to help find an end to this ungodly war in Syria by making contacts with the superpower countries, so that Christians can continue practising their faith with full freedom and maintain their Church properties

Metropolitan Eustathius Matta Roham, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Jazirah and Euphrates, Syria

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e urge Barnabas Aid to:

  • respond to the humanitarian needs and alleviate the sufferings of the Christians in Syria who are in serious need of basic items to enable them to survive
  • do all it can with people in power to encourage the protection of the Syrian Christians.

The Rev. Dr Riad Jarjour, from Homs, Syria, Chairperson of the Board of the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, formerly General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches

 

We, the undersigned, call upon our government:

  1. to recognise that the Christians of Syria are a significant but highly threatened minority in the current crises, noting that Christians are facing unprecedented levels of violence from both the general conflict and targeted anti-Christian attacks from some factions;
  2. to put the plight of Christians and other minorities at the forefront of their humanitarian aid programmes, ensuring that there are pro-active policies in place to guarantee equitable delivery to all communities; 
  3. to work towards and support only those outcomes in Syria that allow freedom, equality and justice for all without discrimination, recognising that core human rights including freedom of religion and belief are the only basis for a stable society.

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  • Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks on this Easter Day for the living hope that You have given us and all Your people through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). We pray that the prospect of an enduring inheritance and future salvation will encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters to persevere in their faith, whatever may happen to them. We pray that we too may be sustained by this hope in the sufferings that we experience for the sake of Christ. We ask that the joy and resurrection power of the Lord will give strength and peace to persecuted believers today and every day. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 14 hours ago

  • Give thanks for the Christ-like responses of Christian leaders in CAR to the crisis that threatens them and their churches. They have distanced themselves from the anti-balaka militias, saying that these should not be labelled as Christian and that they hold no mandate from the churches. The leaders have also condemned the violence in the country, whatever its origin, and have called on Christians to pursue forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. Churches are hiding, defending and caring for thousands of Muslims endangered by the anti-balaka, and one of CAR’s most senior church leaders has invited the president of the country’s Islamic community to move into his church compound. Pray that this powerful witness to the grace and love of Christ will help to bring peace to the shattered country. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Apr 2014 00:00

  • On this Good Friday, give thanks to God for the death of Christ and for His gift of eternal life. Praise Him too for the example of those Christians who have persevered in their faith at the risk of their lives and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Pray that their martyrdom will inspire their suffering brothers and sisters in Christ to endure whatever hardships befall them and will convince their persecutors of the truth and power of the Gospel. Pray too that their bereaved families and churches will not grieve without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Cry out to the Lord for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) who have been driven from their homes by the violence that has engulfed their country. Attacks by Islamist Séléka militants and retaliation from “anti-balaka” militias has generated a huge humanitarian crisis in which around two million people, many of them Christians, are in need of emergency assistance. Give thanks for the work of Barnabas partners who have been providing food rations to hundreds of displaced believers in the capital, Bangui, and distributing food, medicines, clothing and seeds to thousands in various regions. Pray that the aid will reach those who need it most, and that the Lord will comfort the relatives and friends of the thousands who have been killed in the fighting. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Apr 2014 00:00

  • “Jesus Christ performed tremendous miracles in all our lives through this Shalom Camp.” A pastor spoke of how God had worked through a Barnabas-sponsored weekend Bible camp for persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka. The camp was attended by believers from five different churches that had been the target of threats or attacks by Buddhist or Hindu extremists. The participants heard teaching on the Biblical basis for persecution and took part in group discussions; they came away refreshed and encouraged, and for many the camp was a time of great spiritual renewal. Give thanks to the Lord for the peace He has brought to these persecuted believers, and ask that the weekend will continue to bear much fruit in their lives. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Apr 2014 00:00

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