Open Doors relief group providing help for displaced Christians in Syria

Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Christians in the crossfire in Syria have a lot of needs, including prayer from fellow believers. 

At least 100,000 people have been killed in the civil war so far including 6,000 children, many of them Christians.

The Christians are targeted because most support the Assad regime, which traditionally protected them from Islamists, and also because of their faith.

Jerry Dykstra of Open Doors USA says the civil war has devastated the Christian and non-Christian population in Syria.


“They've been driven out of their homes, a total of five million inside Syria and two million are in refugee camps along the borders,” say Dykstra. “Now that's not just Christians. Many of them have fled to places like Turkey and Lebanon and Jordan.”

Often rebels have invaded Christian neighborhoods and towns telling Christians to either convert to Islam or die.

“Christians have been targeted by the jihadists who have infiltrated into Syria from the Middle Eastern countries, and also from northern Africa, Dykstra explains. “And they have burned churches, killed Christians, kidnapped Christians and destroyed many homes.”

Open Doors USA has been on the ground working through churches to provide essential survival items including food and medical supplies, assisting 8,000 families so far. Open Doors has also been providing trauma counseling, especially for children.

Dykstra says that while the Christians are extremely grateful for the assistance, what they ask for first and foremost is prayer. 

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