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Syrian children touched by war.

Finding Comfort

Two of the many children in Syria who have seen the horrors of war take comfort in weekly Christian programs, and they find trustworthy friends in the volunteers who organize activities with the help of local churches. As the Islamic State (ISIS) has taken over half the country engaged in civil war since 2011, no one in Syria has remained untouched by death, injury or destruction, said the Syrian leader of the area ministry that organizes programs for children. The ministry trains volunteers to organize kids' camps and weekly clubs to reach children with the message of Jesus' saving love, which also provides opportunities to build relationships with their parents. The ministry would like to add a psychological component to their training to help the volunteers cope with their own trauma as well as that of those they're ministering to. "The volunteers we train are very effective because they know the ins and outs of their home communities, and they understand the culture," the director said. "As a result of the training conference last year, there was a large number of converts this year. The people we reached were greatly encouraged by the training and more effective in their ministry after receiving basic tools to evangelize in their home communities."

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