Before the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, Syria was known for its beauty and richness among the Arab nations. However, Syria is now suffering from the one of the worst civil wars in modern history, a war that has lasted 9 years and has rendered more than half of Syria’s population as refugees. Many refugees were not able to be issued a refugee visa to seek asylum in another country nor receive national aid. Those who went abroad have fled to Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other surrounding countries.
For Syrians, who are Muslim by majority, Ramadan was usually a time of community and relief from suffering. However, due to the novel corona infectious disease (COVID-19), many people have lost their jobs, livelihoods, and ability to meet together in person. Muslims across the world are spending Ramadan in isolation and loneliness, unable to meet together in mosques or invite anyone to their homes and are prohibited from going outside.
However, the church is praying and blessing the Syrian refugees. Even though they can’t meet souls often due to restrictions imposed by the local authorities, God is bearing even more fruits at this time! Hallelujah!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you…”
(1 Peter 1:3-4)
Even in these times of hardship, the Syrian refugees, particularly in Turkey, are very responsive to the gospel and are being raised up as disciples. Many local brothers and sisters are taking a missions training course and being raised up as spiritual leaders. The global young generation (YG) ministers are continuously seeking and meeting new souls. Day by day, visiting friends’ houses to share more about Jesus and proclaim the gospel, the YG ministers are continuously discipling precious souls.
Brother A was a Muslim elder who was very religious. However, after the war, he doubted his belief in Islam and began to compromise, indulging in worldly sin, spending every day on cigarettes and alcohol. However, after attending a church worship service, he heard the gospel and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior! Also, he confessed that he will live for Jesus! Hallelujah! This brother, who was once a stubborn alcoholic and smoke, is now worshiping God, giving thanks for the new life he can enjoy through faith in Jesus Christ.
All those who have no hope in this world will receive eternal life through Jesus Christ, our living hope!
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
May countless Syrian refugees come to see Jesus Christ during this Ramadan! His will is not to lose anyone, but to save all in these end times, and we want to fulfill His will! Through this time of preparing the final harvest, may all previously lost souls be found and rise up as a mighty army of His Kingdom!
1. Lord! We praise you for opening the doors for the gospel to enter the hearts of Syrian refugees who have been crying out in suffering and hopelessness. We also praise You for raising them up as Your disciples. May they receive eternal life through Jesus Christ as their living hope! Raise them up as Your holy people who will receive a heavenly inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away.
2. Lord! Strengthen the faith of the Syrian refugees who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior! They are no longer refugees but missionaries! Raise them up as high priests, not having a land of their own, but serving their brothers, leading not only Syria but all nations in the Arab world back to the Lord! Amen!