As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
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
Syria: Key Facts
The Syrian population is suffering from a civil war that has lasted for five years. This document answers some key questions about the conflict, its origins and how it is affecting Christians and the church in Syria.
Syria: How we help
With your support, Open Doors is committed to providing long-term support for Christians in Syria. Find out about the extent of our work and the difference it makes.
Five years on – signs of Hope
As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year, there are amazing signs of hope amidst the sorrow and pain. One pastor has told Open Doors: "We're in a big harvest. God is waking up a sleeping church."
Letter from a Syrian Pastor
"I have a huge hope. There is an amazing work happening in my country. The spirit is moving. Thank you." Read this excerpt from a letter from a Syrian Pastor, and see how God is working in Syria, despite the conflict and the violence.
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.