Ceasefire has brought respite to the hard-pressed communities in northern Syria – an answer to prayer, praise God! Thank you so much for praying. And thanks to the amazing response from donors, Open Doors church partners in the area have been able to respond immediately to those who were most affected.
Open Doors partner church gives out emergency food coupons
Pastor George has been helping people who fled their homes or were injured in the fighting. He says: “We thank God for the ceasefire. We were praying to God to intervene, and we asked so many foreign and local churches to pray with us for a ceasefire. People might think it's a political decision but we trust that the Lord is higher than human kingdoms. We know it was a response to prayer; He moved His hand in response to our prayers and our friends’ prayers in those tough times.
“I thank every church inside Syria or out who prays for us. I’m grateful for all of you because God heard and protected our city. I ask you to keep praying for us.
“Please keep praying for the peace to be completed. Life has returned, but still there is tension in the atmosphere and political moves are unclear and vague. We hope everything will be clear and peaceful and God will help us spread His kingdom.”
The recent instability in northern Syria is a reminder of how volatile the situation is in the region. Open Doors has been working through local church partners in Syria since before the war began, and these partners will continue to provide emergency relief, medical care and pastoral care, as well as longer-term support.
It’s thanks to your long-term praying and giving that pastors like George are able to provide for the most vulnerable in their communities – and respond immediately when crises strike. They need their global church family to stand with them now as much as ever.
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A man in Qamishli spending his food coupon
- That the suspension of hostilities will bring lasting peace to the region
- For protection for all those caught up in the crisis, particularly courageous pastors and church workers providing immediate assistance and pastoral care
- For the future of the church in Syria: that it will not just survive but be a light in these dark times and hope for the Middle East.