5-5-5 Challenge: Syria

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]”We’re a humble church in Damascus but nowadays we are helping over 1350 displaced families in Damascus”, pastor Imad says enthusiastically. “It is rewarding that God allows us to reach that many people.” With the support of Open Doors, his protestant church is helping Christian and Muslim families with the basics they need.

The number the pastor mentioned represents the internally displaced families in Damascus that are registered with this specific church for regular help and follow up.

The relief work of this congregation that is supported by Open Doors includes food supply, medical help in a clinic, house visitations, blankets to all families and mattresses where needed. Sometimes rent is paid. “All help depends on the needs of the families.” Besides material help, the church also helps spiritually by distributing Bibles, Christian books and through discipleship.

“The overall condition in Damascus is getting worse”, Imad says. “The people have to cope with the horrific sounds of gunshots, sporadic mortars and missiles all around. There is no safe place anymore. And the violence leads to other problems. There is no electricity during many hours of the day. People cannot do their normal daily activities like cleaning their clothes, cooking, taking a shower, ironing, heating their homes (for the lack of electricity, gas, diesel and petrol), even reading and studying is hard as there is no electricity.”

Source >> http://opendoors.org/

Before the civil war, although meetings were monitored, Christians were respected in society, but this is rapidly changing. Muslim Background Believers (Christians from a Muslim Background) face opposition from family and friends, and also now from foreign extremist fighters and mercenaries. Previously, Christians were persecuted for supporting the government, or not taking sides. Now a clear religious motive has been added by the influx of these foreign radicals. Many Christians have been abducted, physically harmed and killed, churches damaged or destroyed, and tens of thousands of Christians have fled.

Pray:

  • For Christians who’ve had to flee their homes.
  • For the emergency relief and trauma counseling that Open Doors is able to offer.
  • Give thanks that, despite the challenges, the Syrian church is reaching out to others.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]”Dulu kami hanyalah gereja kecil di Damaskus, tetapi sekarang kamu melayani lebih dari 1350 keluarga miskin di kota ini”, kata pendeta Imad. “Adalah anugerah kalau Tuhan mengizinkan kami menjangkau sedemikian banyak orang.” Dengan dukungan Open Doors, gereja ini melayani keluaraga Kristen dan Muslim dengan mencukupi kebutuhan mereka sehari-hari.

Jumlah keluarga yang disebutkan di atas merupakan keluarga miskin di Damaskus yang tercatat oleh gereja membutuhkan bantuan rutin.

Pelayanan gereja ini meliputi suplai makanan, klinik kesehatan, kunjungan, selimut dan tempat tidur. Bahkan kadangkala termasuk membayar biaya sewa rumah. Selain itu gereja juga membagikan Alkitab, buku-buku Kristen, dan pelayanan pemuridan.

“Kondisi Damaskus semakin memburuk”, kata Imad. “Masyarakat harus menghadapi suara tembakan, ledakan mortir, dan bom di sekitar mereka. Tidak ada tempat yang aman. Hal ini juga mengakibatkan putusnya aliran listrik selama beberapa jam setiap harinya. Tanpa adanya listrik banyak aktifitas keseharian yang tidak dapat berjalan. Selain itu ditambah pula dengan kelangkaan gas dan minyak.”

Sumber >> http://opendoors.org/

Sebelum terjadinya perang saudara, meskipun kegiatan mereka diawasi, orang Kristen masih dihargai di masyarakat, tetapi ini berubah dengan cepat. MBB menghadapi aniaya dari keluarga dan teman-teman mereka, serta kelompok-kelompok radikal yang banyak bermunculan. Sebelumnya, orang Kristen dianiaya karena dituduh mendukung pemerintah. Sekarang faktor kepercayaan dan agama menyebabkan mereka lebih dikejar-kejar. Banyak orang Kristen diculik, dianiaya dan dibunuh, gereja-gereja dirusak dan dihancurkan, puluhan ribu orang Kristen melarikan diri ke luar negeri.

Berdoa:

  • Untuk orang-orang Kristen yang lari meninggalkan rumah mereka.
  • Untuk pelayanan traumatik yang dikerjakan oleh Open Doors.
  • Bersyukur bahwa di tengah banyak tantangan, gereja di sana mampu menjangkau masyarakat.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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