Syria

Syria lies in the birthplace of civilization and is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups. But because of ongoing war and internal conflict, Syria’s economy and government remain unstable and much of the population has been forced to flee the country.

Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, OM has helped tens of thousands of families in need, impacting lives physically, emotionally and spiritually. Syrians have received real help at their time of need, and significant numbers have met Christ for the first time.

OM teams are supporting small fellowships in Syria, responding according to existing relationships, working with local believers, helping people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds without conditions, though constantly looking for opportunities to be missional.  By training and resourcing Syrians to reach out to needy families, OM and local believers are demonstrating the Gospel in practical ways.

Thousands of Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries, where OM teams are working with local churches to provide physical aid, develop support programs, and meet holistic needs. Many Syrians living outside the country are receiving a fresh start spiritually, as they experience the love of Christ from believers and the hope offered by a relationship with Jesus.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

PRAY — Pray for the Spirit of God to move across the Near East Field, sparking a rich harvest of spiritually interested people. Pray for Jordan to maintain peace amidst conflicts in neighbouring countries. Pray for the local church and believers to be mobilized to lead efforts in relief and evangelism.

GIVE —Support the Syrian Relief Project:http://www.om.org/en/give

GO — See open job opportunities among Syrians in the Near East Field. Contact  personnel.neast@om.org or visit http://www.om.org/en/opportunities.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SYRIA

  • Population: 17,951,639
  • Official Language: Arabic (official), Kurdish
  • Religious Make-Up: Muslim 87%, Christian 10%, Druze 3%
  • State of Economy: Since the start of ongoing conflict in 2011, Syria’s economy has deteriorated rapidly. More than 190,000 people have died, and 9 million Syrians have been displaced. Over 3 million have fled the country, and half of all Syrians no longer live in their own homes. Sadly, 2 million school-age Syrian children have no access to education. The humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to require extensive international aid.
  • State of the church: Believers in Syria can face not only persecution but also incredible pressure to provide for the physical needs of thousands of displaced peoples.

*Stats from The World Factbook (www.cia.gov)

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