Hundreds die in fresh civil unrest in Syria
Syria ― The United States has closed its embassy in Damascus, Syria after hundreds were killed in renewed civil conflict there. The announcement came two days after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council plan authored by the Arab League in an attempt to end 11 months of violence.
Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a solution to the crisis; all the while Syrian forces resumed bombarding the protest hotbed of Homs. More than 300 people reportedly died in the violence, including women and children.
Tom Doyle with E3 Partners says, "We know believers there, and it's extremely difficult. Some are predicting that the Assad regime will fall; others are saying he will dig in and never go down. So it doesn't look like any end in sight."
Doyle says since the unrest, Christians have been left alone by the government. However, believers still have to deal with the day-to-day violence. The climate for change is perfect for people to turn to Christ. "We're hearing the nominal Christians, Muslims, Alawite, Druze, in Syria are much more open to hearing about Christ. In fact, in some cases, they are seeking out Christians."
According to Viva Global Prayer Children playing innocently outside their homes, or trying to be helpful by doing chores or running errands in the community… these are the latest victims of Syria’s conflict as violence in the nation rages on.
Pray that God will cause the Gospel to grow like wildfire in these Muslim strongholds.
Pray for the Believers in Syria to stay faithful and strong
Pray for the safety and security of believers
Pray for the Government and other leaders who are busy with negotiations
Pray for God to use the uncertainty to draw people to seek the truth more urgently.
Pray that children will be protected amidst the continuing violence… More prayer points HERE
Sources: Mission News Network, Viva Global Prayer
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