Daily he sees those queues. People lining up, waiting for bread or other essential items. It made Ayoub*, staff member of our local partner in Syria think of Psalm 88.
This Easter, join with us in praying for the persecuted church – to be protected from attack, and to know afresh the wonder of the gospel.
In March 2011, the spark for civil war was lit, leading to devastating human loss, destruction and displacement. This preceded an economic crisis only deepened with international sanctions. Last year, the global pandemic brought yet more death, grief, disruption and economic hardship, followed in the autumn by wildfires nationwide.
It’s a sombre anniversary. Ten years ago, on Tuesday 15 March 2011, civil war broke out in Syria, wreaking havoc across the nation and increasing persecution against Christians. Within days of the incident that sparked the conflict, a baby by the name Michel was born. Now aged ten, he has grown up listening to stories of a Syria he has never known. Here we share his story, your role in it and, more broadly, the monumental support you’ve given the wider Syrian church in the last ten years.
Just before Christmas, Iraqi politicians made some amazing changes: cementing Christmas Day as a national holiday and establishing a committee to return stolen properties to their rightful Christian owners.
How do you live out your faith in solitary confinement, where it’s just you and God? Mojtaba from Iran faced that challenge. Arrested for leading a secret house church, he was incarcerated in the notorious Evin Prison for over three years.