Syria, officially known as the Syrian Arab Republic, is located in the Middle East and shares borders with Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Israel. Its capital of Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Ethnically and religiously diverse, the population is composed of Arab Sunnis, Alawite Shias, Assyrians, Turks, Armenians, Kurds, Christians, and Druze.
During ancient times, the area was occupied by a series of civilizations that included the Amorites, Hittites, and Phoenicians. The Persians took control of Syria and were succeeded by the Greeks and Romans. In the 1500s, Syria was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire. After World War I, Syria became a French mandate and did not gain its independence until 1946.
Following several military coups, the government was led by Hafez Assad for 30 years and his son Bashar has been president since 2000. Since March 2011, the country has been embroiled in a brutal civil war that started as an extension of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East. More than 2 million Syrians have fled their homeland and sought refuge in the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Iraq.
Before the outbreak of war, the population was 90 percent Muslim and 6 percent Christian. Although a minority, Christians enjoyed freedom and stability. Many have emigrated as a result of the war and the new wave of persecution by radical Islamic groups in the country.
Christian Aid supports the work of indigenous ministries in the region that are responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. Gospel workers have distributed food packets, milk and diapers for babies, blankets, and shelter materials. They have also handed out New Testaments and other Christian literature to those who are interested in hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Recent Prayerline Posts
SYRIA. Christians still living in Syria are caught in the middle of the civil war. They have no militias to protect them. They rely on God as their protector. Even so, Christmas will be a time to gather in the name of Christ and seek to encourage one another. Food and medicine are expensive and scarce. There are no jobs. ...
SYRIA. Food is expensive and difficult to get to the estimated one-third of the population who are still in the country, including many Christians. Christian Aid is sending funds to Christian contacts in Syria to help hungry believers. Pray that this gift will be a great encouragement and that they will help others in the name of Christ.
Indigenous Missions Projects in Syria
Posted April 23, 2012 - Syria
Paul’s Mission has five full-time missionaries, sharing the gospel and giving out New Testaments, children’s Bible story books, and tracts. The missionaries share the gospel and give out 400 of these each day. They observe that Syrians are seeking for the God they do not find in Islam. So far they have planted 15 churches. Read more.
November 14, 2013 - We often hear the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season.” As Christmas approaches, Christian Aid’s indigenous ministry partners are making preparations for celebrations that will introduce children and their families to the Savior. Read more.
October 24, 2013 - Much has been reported about the plight of Syrian Muslims who are fleeing their country, but how has the war impacted Christian refugees? In an emotional interview with Christian Aid Mission staff, the leader of a Lebanon-based ministry shares refugee accounts that broke his heart—and gave him hope for a brighter future. Read more.
September 19, 2013 - A Christian family narrowly escapes death in Syria, only to discover life in Lebanon is no promised land. Read more.
September 05, 2013 - Millions of Syrians, at least one-third of the country’s population, have been displaced by a bloody civil war that has already stretched on for two long years. Fleeing their volatile homeland, refugees cram into dingy hovels and tent cities in neighboring countries, terrified of what the future holds. But while most reports paint a grim picture of the refugee crisis, indigenous ministry leaders are sending word of an unprecedented openness to the gospel…and they are reaping the harvest, one life at a time. Read more.
April 11, 2013 - As the exodus of Christians from Syria continues unabated, more reports are surfacing of the alarming conditions facing those who choose to remain. Read more.
January 15, 2013 - Aleppo, Syria´s largest city, has been fought over by all sides of this civil war. Large minorities of Christian Arabs, Syrians, Assyrians and Armenians live in Aleppo. At times life in Aleppo is quite peaceful but now, all live under great tension.