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Missions Insider Report
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Volume 18, Issue 23

 Syrian Refugee child crying.

Behind Desperate Pleas in Syria, Broken Families

They have lost everything — home, health, business, homeland — and now Syrian refugees are also losing their children.
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Photo of the Week

Syrian refugees unloading supplies.

Sweet Relief  

Aid from an indigenous ministry in Turkey for Syrian refugees not only brings smiles to otherwise despairing mothers but helps keep families together. Refugees fleeing atrocities of the six-year war in Syria are so desperate for income to feed their families that they resort to handing their daughters to nightclubs as sex slaves; after one month, payments to parents dwindle or stop altogether, and their daughters may be trafficked elsewhere, according to an indigenous ministry director in Turkey. He recently heard a Syrian refugee, a grandmother, speak of parents losing their children this way. "As I explained that God loves her and her family so much that He will not forsake them, she was deeply touched," he said. "Just then two or three other older women came to me saying they lost their daughters, too. So I prayed for each one of them." Besides vitamins, formula, milk, medicines, clean water and food, indigenous ministry teams are bringing the hope of Christ to torn families. "This isn't just because of the financial support coming to us, but also due to your faithful prayer support," the director said. "God is answering prayer!"


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