As the Turkish military continues its operations in northeastern Syria, Christian communities in the region are trembling in fear, reported Voice of America (VOMA) on October 13th, local time.
According to the report, “On the first day of the Turkish offensive, which began on the 9th, a Turkish artillery attack reportedly targeted a predominantly Christian neighborhood in Qamishli, the largest city in northeast Syria.”
On the 11th, “the Virgin Lady Church in the town of Qahtaniya, near Qamishli, was also hit by Turkish shelling,” VOA quoted from the local news broadcasting station.
“Hadeel Oueis, a Washington-based journalist who has family members living in northeastern Syria, said, that her Christian relatives have been living in constant fear,” added VOA.
“Many of my female Christian friends and classmates were kidnapped by ISIS, but now people are even more afraid of what more would happen if Turkey invaded our areas,” Oueis remarked.
Among the Turkish-backed rebels who are participating in the ongoing offensive in northeastern Syria are many Islamist groups who have committed human rights abuses against civilians elsewhere in Syria, according to international rights groups.
Also, as stated by VOA, “Turkey’s invasion not only endangers the Kurds, but also endangers a Christian minority that has for years feared a Turkish invasion that would ‘cleanse’ its presence in northern Syria,” said Boris Zilberman, Director of Public Policy and Strategy at the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Action Fund, an American Christian organization that advocates for the protection of Christians in the Middle East.
Sources: Christian Today ,Voice of America
And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.
(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)
Father God, as the current Turkish military operations target Syrian Kurds, many Syrian Christians are also in danger of persecution.
Lord, allow them to be strong and courageous! May the Holy Spirit be poured out upon them without measure!
Jesus, cover all the souls of Syria, Turkey, and the Kurds with your overflowing peace, and cast away the spirit of conflict and death in the name of Jesus Christ!
Lord, just like Timothy, may many Syrian Christians rise up as Your workers who will boldly preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations. Father, comfort them as they are trembling in fear. Allow no one to be shaken by these afflictions. Instead, even in the midst of trouble and hardship, let them feel honored and be established and exhorted in their faith. Syrian Christians will rise up to become messengers of life and of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Let many Syrians rise up to conquer death with the gospel of the cross of Jesus Christ. They will become a nation that will worship and glorify only the name of Jesus Christ, the everlasting King! Amen!