Syria (MNN) — In the midst of deadly clashes between Syrian
military and rebel forces, Syrian Christians are dying.
Thousands of Syrians, including large numbers of Christians,
have fled from their homes in Homs, Damascus, and most recently, Aleppo. There
have been reports of the targeting of Christians by both government and
opposition sides, although most church leaders point out that targeting is
politically motivated or is criminal activity for economic gain. Seldom are
attacks religiously motivated.
Whatever the motivation, several prominent Syrian Christians
have been killed recently, reports EFCA TouchGlobal. For security reasons,
their names cannot be released, but at least two prominent men have been
killed, one along with his family.
Many Christians still fear that radical Islamist groups are
becoming more influential and that this may lead to increased hostility
toward Christians and other minorities. They fear that they may become more
vulnerable to criminal activity, including kidnapping-for-ransom incidents,
TouchGlobal has released a special list of prayer requests in repose to these
recent and tragic deaths. Please pray that:
– Christians will know the protection of the Father, the
inner peace of Jesus, and the daily guidance of the Spirit.
– Church leaders will know the Spirit's guidance concerning
public worship and private pastoral support of their congregations.
– The bereaved, wounded, and traumatized will know the
comfort, presence, and healing touch of Jesus.
– There will be an end to violence by all parties, and that a
just resolution and constructive reform will follow
– Many will know the love and forgiveness of Jesus.
– In the long term, there will be greater religious freedom
for all citizens.
TouchGlobal is working with churches in Lebanon to provide
Syrian refugees with food, clothing, shelter and the Gospel. To help in their
work, click here.