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“Only be thou strong and very courageous” (Josh. 1:7).
December 21, 2015
SYRIA. When Joseph was warned in a dream that he should flee to Egypt with Mary and the infant Lord Jesus, he heeded the word the angel spoke (Matthew 2:13-23). It saved the Lord’s life, as the brutal massacre of all male children under age 2 was forthcoming.
Faithful Christians serving in Syria also understand that death is drawing near. Any day could be their last. Many prepare to escape with their families when the Islamic State (ISIS) takes the borders of their cities, as Christians often are the first targets. As they flee for their lives, they carry the gospel. Other refugees—masses of people driven from their homes and country by war and terror—need to know the glorious Lord Jesus. And many come to know Him in their desperate situations. The Lord is drawing hearts in the midst of tribulation.
“Many refugees are open to the gospel,” a native missionary said.
Tent sanctuaries in refugee camps quickly fill as people have literally reached the end of themselves and have nowhere to turn. The Lord is turning a brutal situation into an opportunity for salvation for many who never would have heard.
But some Syrian Christians choose to stay in their country amid the violence and constant threats of death – and literally lay down their lives for the gospel, sharing the love of Christ with their last breath. As long as people remain, they are compelled by the love of Christ to share the message of eternal life, as in the streets lonely wanderers seek safety, and in abandoned buildings, hidden families wait for any semblance of salvation.
An indigenous ministry helps believers flee and assists the families of martyrs ($1,000 for a family of four to escape Syria). The needs are beyond comprehension.
Pray for an army of prayer warriors and financial supporters for these modern-day heroes of the faith.
Father, we plead the blood of our Lord Jesus over these families. Protect them by the power of your name. Cover them with your glory and bring them safely out. Bless them. Go before them and make a way. Give them a new beginning. Fill them with hope and power. Let your presence be their home, for it is in you that they live and move and have their being. We pray in the mighty name of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
SHARED NEWSLETTER @ CHRISTIAN AID MISSION