Help in time of trouble
Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, OM has helped tens of thousands of families in need, impacting lives physically, emotionally and spiritually. Syrians have received real help at their time of need, and significant numbers have met Christ for the first time.
OM teams are supporting small fellowships in Syria, responding according to existing relationships, working with local believers, helping people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds without conditions, though constantly looking for opportunities to be missional. By training and resourcing Syrians to reach out to needy families, OM and local believers are demonstrating the Gospel in practical ways.
Thousands of Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries, where OM teams are working with local churches to provide physical aid, develop support programs, and meet holistic needs. Many Syrians living outside the country are receiving a fresh start spiritually, as they experience the love of Christ from believers and the hope offered by a relationship with Jesus.
How you can help
PRAY — Pray for the many families who have been forced to leave their homes and are seeking shelter in temporary accommodations, many of which are unsuitable for harsh winter conditions. Pray for comfort for those living in a climate of fear and uncertainty. Pray that OM workers would be able to provide physical and spiritual support to Syrian refugees, and that many would experience God’s love in fresh, transforming ways in the midst of crisis.
GIVE — Support the Syrian Relief Project: http://www.om.org/en/give
GO — See open job opportunities among Syrians in the Near East Field. Contact us at: [ firstname.lastname@example.org] or visit http://www.om.org/en/opportunities.
More information about Syria
Official Language: Arabic (official), Kurdish
Religious Make-Up: Muslim 87%, Christian 10%, Druze 3%
State of Economy: Since the start of ongoing conflict in 2011, Syria’s economy has deteriorated rapidly. More than 190,000 people have died, and 9 million Syrians have been displaced. Over 3 million have fled the country, and half of all Syrians no longer live in their own homes. Sadly, 2 million school-age Syrian children have no access to education. The humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to require extensive international aid.
State of the church: Believers in Syria can face not only persecution but also incredible pressure to provide for the physical needs of thousands of displaced peoples.
*Stats from The World Factbook (www.cia.gov)