"I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 38:23
"Situation for Christians is getting worse… it's a nightmare," says Christian leader
"The situation for Christians and other minorities is getting worse and worse since the army pulled out, it is a nightmare,” a church leader told Us recently.
The church leader, whose identity is protected for his own safety, shared: "Armed civilians have their own checkpoints. Christians in general, but particularly women, are threatened in the streets at checkpoints and everywhere they go. Many of them are not leaving their homes anymore."
Internationally there is skepticism over whether the Syrian government will call a halt to the violence as agreed with the Arab league.
"The skepticism is very understandable," an Our observer for the Middle East said, "but other than giving this initiative a fair chance, the alternatives are bleak.”
"For several Christians the situation is alarming,” the Our worker says. "We learned that armed people, who are believed to be Sunni Muslim extremists, have their own checkpoints in the streets of Homs. They stop people and check for their IDs. A believer shared that to all non-Sunni Muslims they say 'This is our land.' It was reported that two Christians were killed in the past week.”
A pastor in Homs told how he has been threatened by extremists. The fanatics had assumed he had reported information about them to the government and consequently the pastor fled Homs for his own safety.
- In a desperate call for prayer one Syrian Christian pleaded: "Please be praying for the situation here. The extremists will take advantage of the situation and things will get worse. Syria needs more prayers, now please!"
- That Our team members in Syria will be able to continue their work providing literature and training and establishing links with the Orthodox Church and protestant denominations.
- For an end to the violence and for peace and stability to be restored.