SIGNS OF HOPE: CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR PERSECUTED FAMILY IN SYRIA
There is good news from Syria! Share it with your church this Christmas with the Signs of Hope Christmas resources. Available to order are:
- Signs of Hope – The Carol Sheet (single item)
- ‘You’re a star’ sticker sheets (12 stickers per sheet)
- Signs of Hope collection bucket stickers (single item)
Signs of Hope has been very popular - we only have a limited number yet. If you'd like to order any, please give our Inspire team a call on 01993 460015 to discuss options. And don't forget to use our Advent resources - see below!
We also have a range of additional resources available to download for Christmas and Advent.
Hope in Syria
Despite the attempts of extremists to wipe it out, the church in the Middle East is alive today. But life remains tough. War has destroyed towns and cities, and there are frequent power shortages and few jobs.
With the support of Open Doors, churches across Syria are becoming Centres of Hope, providing medical care, food, training and business loans to help people get back on their feet. You can learn more about this work and help it continue with the Signs of Hope Christmas resources.
‘You’re a star’ Sticker Sheets
Sheet of 12 small stickers to give away to children and adults
Collection Bucket Stickers
Large stickers to place on collection buckets.
Additional resources available for Christmas and Advent
- ‘Stories of Hope’ to tell on Sundays throughout December while lighting the Advent candle
- Be A Sign of Hope this Christmas – choose a day to walk and pray with Abraham and his mother Jina from Aleppo, Syria
- Pastor Abdalla from Aleppo in Syria reads Luke 2:1-7
- Rasha - a young Christian from Mashta Al-Helou, Syria - reads Luke 1:26- 38.
- Sing it! Say it Everywhere - that Jesus is born! A Christmas song sung by children in Aleppo, Syria. Among the young carol singers is Abraham, who features in the Signs of Hope Carol Sheet.
- Audio of the Lord’s prayer in Arabic
- Audio of the Lord’s prayer in Armenian
Prince of Peace,
We look to you in a time of turmoil and violence. May your followers be known as peacemakers. May they find the opportunities to be agents of reconciliation, peace and hope. Change the hearts of those intent on violence and help them discover new life.
Grant wisdom to the leaders of the church in Syria. In a fragile constantly changing situation, may they know the best way to help. Be with all those who routinely risk their lives to help others: may they know that you are with them.
Protect all those caught up in the fighting. Be a strong shield for the widows and the orphans; for those who have no power left, be their strength, Oh Lord. Bring healing and restoration for the bereaved and injured.
Give us all a fresh understanding of your endless love. May your persecuted family in in Syria and throughout the world serve with perseverance and determination. And may we also continue to stand alongside with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
Emmanuel, God with Us,
Be with your brothers and sisters in Syria. May your message of hope and light be spread in that country. In all the darkness, and all the danger, may your church shine like a star, leading all those who seek to the wonder of your presence and your life.
Wherever your followers are persecuted, Lord, may your light shatter the darkness, and may your church, throughout the world be filled with your glory.
Give to support Christians in Syria
You can also send a cheque made payable to ‘Open Doors with Brother Andrew’ to Open Doors PO Box 6, Witney, OX29 6WG.