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Syria

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population18,284,000
Christian Population814,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentAuthoritarian Presidential Republic
LeaderPresident Bashar al-Assad
Score82/100

Syria

Even though Christians have been in Syria since the first century, Islam is now the main religion. Since the war broke out in 2011, Islamic extremist groups previously oppressed by the government have been able to operate more openly. The Islamic State, well known for their violent persecution of Christians, are one of many groups seeking to remove Christianity from Syria.

Many Christians in Syria have been targeted in violent attacks and forced to flee the country. In areas controlled by Islamic extremists, most historic churches have been either demolished or turned into Islamic centres. Public expressions of Christian faith are prohibited and church buildings or monasteries cannot be repaired.

Persecution is worst for those who leave Islam to become a Christian. They are pressured to renounce Jesus, as their new faith dishonours the family.

Story

“Sometimes we have fear, we have frustration. Definitely, we experience depression sometimes, but at the end of the day we chose to stay because it’s the Lord’s calling for us.” – Rana, from Syria.

Although many Christians have left the country, some Christians still choose to stay in Syria. They are serving their communities in the midst of war.

Our Work

Through local partners we are discipling leaders, providing emergency relief, trauma counselling and Bible distribution so the church in Syria can be strengthened and continue to share the gospel, even in the ongoing crisis.

Pray for Syria

Pray that those who persecute the Christians in Syria will experience the love of God and have a change of heart.

Pray for the believers who choose to stay in Syria, that the joy of the Lord will be their strength in the midst of persecution.

News

Syria | An Update On The Conflict

A month ago, the conflict in northern Syria escalated when Turkish troops attacked Kurdish-led forces. Following a ceasefire agreement, the immediate...
6 November 2019 Syria

Syria | Christians Caught In Escalating Conflict

As conflict escalates in northern Syria, 40,000 to 50,000 Christians are caught up in its midst. Bomb explosions have left people injured and reduced...
15 October 2019 Syria

Syria | Strengthening The Church That Remains

As the Syrian civil war enters what could be its last year, Christians are trying to rebuild in the face of an uncertain future.The eight-year war ha...
27 March 2019

Syria | Pastor Shares The Joy And Pain Of Christmas

Pastor Edward from Damascus shares what Christmas is like for the church in Syria.“Christmas is a challenging thing,” he says. “It’s a challe...
18 December 2018
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