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Syria

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population18,907,000
Christian Population794,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentAuthoritarian Presidential Republic
LeaderPresident Bashar al-Assad
Score76/100

Syria

Syria: Half The Christian Population Have Fled.
The Church in Syria has been around since the times of the New Testament. Christians today live in the midst of a complex civil war. Violence and persecution can come from extremist groups and families of Christian converts. Since 2011, over half of the Christian population have fled the country.

Muslims Discovering Jesus. 
Churches in Syria have been targeted by extremists and pastors have been kidnapped. For Christians living in rebel-held territory, the risk of persecution and violence is very high. Even faced with this threat, many Christians have chosen to stay.

Open Doors is supporting local pastors as their congregations stay and serve the community. Thousands of Syrians in urgent need have found practical and spiritual support from local churches.

Muslims are coming to know Christ in Syria, and so are Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Reaching out with practical support to Muslims and inviting them to church has seen many come to faith. Other Muslims have had dreams and visions about a man in white – Jesus. 

Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Syria by:

  • Relief aid for displaced Christians.

  • Trauma counselling and prayer support.

  • Support for Iraqi Christians who have fled to Syria and outreach to other minorities in Syria.

  • Discipleship training for Christian leaders.


“When I heard that people around the world who I don’t know and who are living in better situations were praying for me and for my country, I was given the spiritual strength to go on. This is true even though I am weak. I give glory to God. He makes the broken-hearted happy and sends His blessings to the poor. Prayer teaches us forgiveness; so we pray for those who harm us, that God will change their hearts and make them also tools to spread peace and love.” – Church Leader, Aleppo

Pray for Syria

Pray for God to restore peace as the people have suffered so much from the war.

Pray for God to continue to provide for the many displaced people and refugees from Syria.

Pray for the church to remain encouraged and strengthened to stay and share the gospel.

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