The ceasefire has reportedly introduced some calm to the area, though violence hasn’t ended utterly. The civil conflict in Syria has lasted 9 years, and the nation has been decimated. Waves of refugees have fled by way of Turkey and throughout Europe.
Many refugees additionally got here to Idlib earlier within the conflict. Now they’re being scattered by this new assault because the Syrian regime, backed by Russia and Iran, tries to take Idlib again from the rebels.
Now they must flee once more within the winter, and Turkey has stopped taking refugees. Persons are dwelling in cramped and harmful circumstances.
Bored with listening to about it?
9 years is an extended conflict. Jane* from Cry Out Now says, The horrible tales aren’t altering, they only [move] from one place to the subsequent. However it’s nonetheless exhausting to listen to. So, I feel many individuals are tuning out simply because . . . they’re form of bored with listening to about it.
And it isnt simply individuals within the West who’re bored with the civil conflict; individuals within the surrounding international locations are exhausted, too. They’re bored with . . . seeing how jobs that needs to be going to the native inhabitants goes to refugees. As a result of they’re prepared to work for cheaper. So, I feel even surrounding international locations are bored with the conflict. All of us need to see it finish.
Revival in Syria
Thats why Jane is concerned with a community dedicated to praying for Syria till revival comes. And we’ve an expectation that God goes to do one thing radical inside Syria.
These concerned hail principally from surrounding international locations, and plenty of have labored with Syria earlier than. Jane says, We need to stand within the hole for this nation till we see revival come.
The endeavor appears hopeless since a lot of Syria lies in ruins. Wouldnt it simply be simpler to start out over? Within the gatherings, Christians have been led by the Holy Spirit to hope that Syrian believers would return to the ruined metropolis of Raqqa and rebuild it.
For Idlib, they aren’t solely praying for an finish to violence. They’re praying for individuals to have visions and goals of seeing Jesus himself strolling by way of the streets.
As a result of it’s the cities that you simply really feel are essentially the most broken, essentially the most damaged. ‘Why would anybody want to go back there?’ However the saints of God are saying, ‘no, even the darkest places, and even the hardest places, and even the places that have been the headquarters for enemy forces, those are the places where God wants to bring new life, new joy, new hope, and revival.’
As a result of God doesnt abandon something. He’s a God of restoration and rebirth. Jesus heals, restores, and resurrects.
Jane encourages Christians to not overlook about Syria, regardless of the fixed information of conflict and refugees. So be a part of us in praying for this nation. For God to essentially come and switch across the destruction, dying, and ache the enemy has brought about . . . That there can be celebration from this place of mourning. That there can be dancing within the streets the place ladies have cried as a result of they’ve misplaced a lot.
*title modified for safety functions
Refugees from Idlib (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)