Christian Aid Sends Relief to Syria through Lebanese Indigenous Ministries
June 04, 2012
DAMASCUS, Syria – Native missionaries went ahead with plans to baptize new believers and delivered food packages to suffering Christians in Syria over the weekend according to Christian Aid Mission in Charlottesville, Virginia.
House meetings were held for 600 believers to encourage and comfort them, and distribution of aid and supplies was conducted by missionary visitors who crossed the border from nearby Lebanon.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon
“Pray that the Lord’s peace will cover the country and that the killing of those who are innocent will end,” said a missionary leader who asked that his name not be used for security reasons.
A special fund has been set up by Christian Aid coded 400REF to aid the Syrian Christians during this time of crisis. Offerings for the suffering believers of Syria are being collected by phone at 800-977-5650 or at the Christian Aid Mission website www.ChristianAid.org
“I want to help the brothers in Syria,” said the indigenous leader in broken English, “I know that my efforts cannot save them from suffering, but I love to go and be with them. These have come to faith through my ministry so there is a very strong bond between us.”
“I need to give them the new CD’s that we have recently developed in Syrian Arabic. I always try to get Bibles and other materials that they can use. As the Lord supplies, we are putting together food packages for those who will attend the various meetings."
“It is very hard in Syria to get medication these days. I hope to provide some more medicine. The Syrian government is watching things more closely and that results in less medicine getting through to those who need it."
“Some of these people we are helping in Syria are Bedouin and some are local Syrians. The group of new Christian believers has been growing a lot lately. We are meeting in houses and try to see as many people as we can in this way."
“Will these meetings be safe? The word ‘safe’ is not in our dictionary. We live every single day in faith – not safety.”
“Having said that, we are trying to get more people out of Syria to better locations in Lebanon. I have a place in the mountains that I have not fully fixed up. It was destroyed during the Lebanese war. I have fixed it on the outside but it still needs a lot of work on the inside. It is likely that I will ask some friends to make the necessary repairs and make it available for these Syrian refugees. Otherwise I will start looking for other options for where the Syrians can live.”
The leader asked American friends to continue to help and thanked Christian Aid for sending support. “Please pray for all those things that I am trying to put together for the new Syrian believers.”
For more information about indigenous missions in Syria, contact Christian Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.