Christians, Targeted in Syria, Tell Their Stories

April 19, 2012

JORDAN – Refugees who have fled here from Syria are telling ministry leaders assisted by Christian Aid Mission of deliberate persecution from the “Arab Spring” insurgents which are seeking to overthrow the brutal Assad regime in Damascus.

Nearly 100,000 Christians have fled from Homs and other cities being targeted by government forces, but it is no longer just to escape the crossfire. Now, more reports are revealing that persecution is deliberate and growing. As a result, Christian Aid is sending more help to meet the needs of the growing numbers of refugees who have fled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Many victims have come to Syrian refugee camps in the northwest towns of Jordan. The economic and social demands of this crisis has put a great strain on the communities; health care and education systems are both overloaded by the influx of new patients and students.

Jordanian missionaries are visiting Syrian refugee families and listening to their stories, as well as distributing food packages, blankets, mattresses, and other aid. “Here at our mission,” said one leader, whose work is being helped by Christian Aid, “we view this refugee crisis as an opportunity to share the love of Christ. It is God who opened the door for us to minster to these refugees, and we cannot abandon our brothers and sisters.