Prayer for Syria

Check out the following story and prayer requests from one of our 2+ students currently on the mission field and let it be an encouragement and a call to pray:

Story:

A Kurdish Muslim family fled Afrin when the war became to dangerous for them to stay.  The parents and 6 children eventually ended up in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.  They were able to secure a spot in a farmer’s field to set up a tent and make a home for themselves.  The family agreed to work the land that was owned by two Shi’ite brothers in order to pay their rent.  Over time, the family began to be mistreated by the brothers.  They wanted to leave, but were held against their will.  The brothers even threatened the family with guns saying they would kill them if they left.  The father, “A”, was desperate to get his family out. “A” had heard of Jesus before, but did not know much about Him.  “A” said, “Jesus, I don’t know you, but I need you to save my family.  Please get us out of this and we will follow you!”

A day later a Lebanese Christian man heard about the family’s plight and went to see the 2 Shi’ite brothers.  The believer negotiated a price of $800 and bought the family out of their slaver.  The Christian man is a landowner as well and had a small room the family could stay in.  When the Christian heard the story from the Kurdish family he called in “P,” my team leader, who came and shared the Gospel with them.  The Kurdish family came to faith that day!

After a few months of teaching by “P” from the Scriptures the parents and 3 oldest children decided they wanted to be baptized.  We had the privilege of baptizing them in a local hotel pool.  This Kurdish family is among the most faithful believers we have met in Lebanon.  The house church we attend each Sunday is hosted in their home.  They are also constantly sharing the Gospel with their co-workers and neighbors.  There are many more stories like this happening in the Bekaa.  God is moving among Syrian people!

As the war slows down some Syrians have begun returning home to rebuild their lives in Syria. Pray that they would take the Gospel with them and be bold witnesses. Click To Tweet

Statistics:

  • There are nearly 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
  • More than half are located along the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley.

Prayer Points:

  • There are more than a dozen small groups meeting weekly for Bible study. 1 church has been planted.  Pray for a church planting movement to begin.
  • The majority of conversions here are women. Men are typically away from the home and not always as receptive to the Gospel.  Pray for men to come to faith that can become leaders in the church.
  • Pray for the existing church plant to begin to reach out to Muslims in their community with the Gospel.
  • As the war slows down some Syrians have begun returning home to rebuild their lives in Syria. Pray that they would take the Gospel with them and be bold witnesses.
  • Pray for a CPM to start in Syria.
  • Syrian Muslims have been more open to hearing the Gospel during this time. Pray that they would continue to be open and that the Lord would call many to Himself!

Syrian Muslims have been more open to hearing the Gospel during this time. Pray that they would continue to be open and that the Lord would call many to Himself! Click To Tweet

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