Syria's churches to unite in prayer
Churches in Syria will unite in prayer on Saturday 11 May in many places around the war-torn nation. This will be an extraordinary show of unity of Christian denominations in Syria, where the on-going civil war has claimed over 70,000 lives.
Syrian Christians are asking their brothers and sisters around the world to pray and fast with them on the Day of Prayer for Syria.
"As Christians in Syria continue to suffer from the devastating effects of the two-year-old civil war including killings, kidnappings, homelessness, lack of food and shelter and closing of schools; they are also seeing that God's hand is at work as all denominations are joining in passionate prayer," says Open Doors USA interim President and CEO Steve Ridgway. "Christians in Syria know only Jesus can bring redemption and true peace.
"I urge you to take time on May 11 to pray with Syrian believers and for the country of Syria. Also encourage prayer in your churches on May 12. Let's stand together as one in Christ."
Open Doors received a letter from leaders coordinating The Day of Prayer for Syria. In part, it reads:
"As you may know, the Christian church in Syria is experiencing a deep humanitarian crisis that is leading to the rapid loss of hope. In the face of violence and persecution, our brothers and sisters are striving to keep their eyes on the Lord and seeking His face in their country. Even in pain, suffering and death, God is using the church to accomplish His plan.
Due to the dangers of traveling in combat zones, Christians will be limited to local meetings planned all across Syria during this day. These groups will be meeting in homes, arenas and churches. Christians across Syria are asking believers everywhere to join them in prayer on 11 May.
In Damascus, some of the churches will meet in an arena, but there will be prayer in several suburbs of the city. The entire Christian community in Aleppo and the surrounding area is gathering to pray. "This is a huge undertaking as it (day of prayer with almost all denominations participating) has never happened in Syria before," said a Syrian church leader.
A few prayer requests from churches inside Syria include:
- The release of two Orthodox bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, who were kidnapped on April 23 in Aleppo, and other Christians who are missing.
- Counseling for children who have been traumatized by violence.
- For almost one-third of the Syrian population who are either refugees outside the country or homeless inside Syria.
- Return of peace.
Source: Christian Newswire