As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
Leader: President Bashar al-Assad
Population: 18.6 million (772,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
World Watch List Rank: 5
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
Save ME: Bring hope to the Middle East
This short film launches Open Doors’ Hope for the Middle East campaign. Pastor Edward, a church leader in Damascus and one of Open Doors’ key partners, talks about how important it is for the church in the Middle East to stay and shine as a light in the darkness.
Give to bring hope
Our partners are providing thousands of families with vital aid, such as food and medicines, and long-term support, such as trauma care and loans for small businesses. But none of this work would be possible without your gifts and prayers.
OTHER WAYS TO BRING HOPE TO THE MIDDLE EAST
Speak out to our government in advocacy and to God in prayer on behalf of our church family in the Middle East.
Christians are not only caught in the violence of the on-going war in Syria, but are specifically targeted by Islamic extremists for attack, abduction and murder.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) attacked 35 Christian villages in February 2015 alone, abducting over 250 people and driving 3,000 others from their homes; the militants later executed three Christian hostages. It is impossible to be a Christian in IS-controlled areas, and even in areas still controlled by the government, evangelism and conversion from Islam are illegal.
- For strength and protection for brave Open Doors partners and church leaders who are choosing to stay in Syria to shine the light of Christ in their communities, despite the risks
- For provision for the thousands of displaced people in Syria who are simply too poor or infirm to leave the country
- For courage for Muslim-background believers - in some areas they face being rejected by their families or worse if discovered.
Open Doors in Action:
Through local church partnerships, Open Doors is strengthening the church to take advantage of the many opportunities for ministry, even in the ongoing crisis situation. This includes:
- Partnering with the local church to care for and provide relief aid to tens of thousands of displaced Christians, and starting all kinds of rehab programmes for them
- Distributing Bibles, Study Bibles, Children's Bibles, New Testaments and Christian books
- Providing discipleship and leadership training for church leaders and youth leaders
- Trauma counselling and debriefing
- Building bridges between Christian denominations by sponsoring conferences to which all denominations are invited.