Pastor George is facing a new, invisible threat in Qamishli, north Syria. After years of war and bombing, families had started to rebuild - now coronavirus means that vulnerable believers are in desperate need of food and aid.
“People are hungry,” says Pastor George. “Some called me crying because they have no food for their kids and families.
Many of you have generously supported the ongoing Hope for the Middle East campaign for several years - meaning persecuted believers could return to their homes in Syria and Iraq, and start rebuilding their livelihoods and communities, as well as getting vital prayer and training support. Coronavirus means Open Doors partners like Pastor George have had to change their plans for 2020 - concentrating on urgent food and aid.
“When we saw the increased need, we restarted relief distribution,” Pastor George says. “We gave people food and washing detergent coupons. Our church saw that now was a time to stand by the people, support them and show Jesus’ love in difficult times.”