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THIRD COURSE: Syria
For our THIRD COURSE we're sharing a Middle Eastern platter. Why? Because we're focusing on Christians in Syria, where, with your help, the church is playing a crucial role in supporting people in need.
Pastor Edward, a church leader in Damascus and one of Open Doors' key partners, talks about how the church in Syria is a light in the darkness.
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East. West. Home is best.
A family-friendly video. How would you feel if you had to flee your home? Share the excitement of one family who after three years of being displaced are rebuilding their home, with the help of Open Doors.
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Prepare your table with these two placemat designs. Placemats for adults/teens include a quiz, real-life story, Bible verse, and discussion question. Children's placemats include a picture to colour in, a real-life story, an easy-to-read version of the Bible verse, and a short prayer.
The Open Doors Prayer Diary comes out every month. The March Prayer Diary includes prayer points for Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, together with a story of answered prayer from North Korea.
Your meal: pitta bread, hummus, olives, fresh vegetables. Not to mention halloumi, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, olives... In other words, Middle Eastern style food. You can buy many dips and Middle Eastern mezze at the supermarket. But if you want to make some of your own, try out these links. Loads of Middle Eastern food recipes , More than anyone needs to know about hummus , An excellent selection of mezze recipes ; and another one.
ONE MILLION VOICES OF HOPE: SIGN THE PETITION
Church leaders and Christians in Syria are asking for our help. They ask us to speak up on their behalf for three things: equality, dignity and responsibility. You can help their call reach the ears of world leaders by signing the One Million Voices of Hope petition. Make your voice count!
Syria is number 6 on the Open Doors World Watch List 2017. For more background information, check out the World Watch List section of our website where you can find detailed, country-specific information on the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to live as a Christian.
You can also order your free copy of the Open Doors World Watch Guide 2017, read about the latest global trends in persecution and discover the four responses to persecution. Do you dive and survive, register and submit, flee and live, or stay and die?
A PRAYER FOR SYRIA
In some of the churches in Aleppo, children pray the following prayer which they have learned by heart.
O merciful Father,
Hear the cries of your people in Syria,
Heal those who suffer from violence,
Console those who are grieving for their dead,
Support Syria's neighbours in their care and their reception of refugees,
Put some tenderness in the hearts of arms bearers,
Protect peace campaigners.
O Father who gives hope, inspire leaders to choose peace rather than violence and reconciliation with enemies,
Strengthen the solidarity and sympathy of the whole church with the Syrian people,
Give us hope for a future of peace based on justice for all,
We pray to you, O Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World.