Danger Surrounds Syrian Christian Ministry

DAMASCUS, Syria (June 12) - An indigenous missionary from nearby Lebanon crossed the border to baptize a believer last week. Instead, he had to bury him - shot in the head as a martyr for his recently found faith in Jesus Christ.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

"Right now," said the missionary leader at his base in Lebanon, "there is no food or medicine left. The economy has come to a standstill and there is no work. Many Christians are sick and starving, along with other minorities such as the Bedouins and Gypsies.

"I went to Syria to bury a friend who died last week. I was supposed to be baptizing him. I ended up doing his funeral. I led him to Christ two years ago. He was a key helper in the ministry. He was shot in the head. Why? Because he had become a Christian."

The Lebanese leader of the mission is preparing now to go back to Syria with Bibles, CD's, food and medicine. He listed the following needs:

Lebanese Christians are ministering on both sides of the border with Syria, welcoming refugees into their homes and church buildings at considerable risk. Lebanese believers are trying to help with basic needs such as food, housing and medicine as funds permit. Rent for a refugee family can run as high as $800 a month.

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