Jordanian Christians respond to crisis

By January 31, 2013

Syria (OMI/MNN) — Although Operation Mobilization currently has no foreign workers living in Syria, their presence has been felt in the refugee crisis.

Local Kurdish believers are reaching out to the refugees, some taking them into their homes. Others are busy distributing aid packages to the civil war survivors.

Additionally, OM has issued the call to pray for Jordan which is being overwhelmed by 300,000 refugees from Syria.

Iraqi and Palestinian refugees had been camped there for years. The new refugees need more food, clothing, and heaters in this cold winter. Nearly 200,000 Syrian refugees are registered in Lebanon, more than 153,000 in Turkey, 69,300 in Iraq, 13,000 in Egypt, and upwards of 5,000 in North Africa, according to the United Nations, which expects their number to rise to 1.1 million by June if the war continues.

Operation Mobilization team members hear similar stories from the shell-shocked refugees. They ask themselves how they got to this point. "I never wanted to leave my home," said a mother. "I just want my children to have a childhood," said one man as he stood with his arms around his two boys. Now they are waiting to be given food by strangers and trying to stay warm at night.

Please pray for them and for the provision of these needs by the international community through the government, the U.N., and humanitarian agencies. Pray also that many of them will come to the knowledge of the Lord during this difficult ordeal for them and their nation.

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