The nation of Syria has been overcome by violence since last spring when government forces cracked down on demonstrators protesting the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Sparked by the protests seen in other nations in the Middle East and North Africa, protestors began speaking out against al-Assad whose family has ruled the nation of Syria for more than four decades. Since the conflict began, the United Nations estimates that at least 9,000 people have been killed. Both sides accepted a peace plan laid out by the United Nations on April 12, however the violence has continued unabated.
Our partner Raja al Umam requests prayer for their church planters in Syria. It is very dangerous in many areas. They report that some villages have been completely destroyed, even villages with mixed populations of Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish people. A number of believers have been killed. In some areas there is no electricity or access to medical care. Prices are increasing dramatically, sometimes tripling in cost, especially the main food staples.
Raja al Umam asks for your special prayer for one of their Kurdish church planters. He has lost many brothers in Christ and friends in the violence. Pray for wisdom and that he will be able to comfort others. God has been using him powerfully to serve the people, but he is at risk because of his ministry. Pray that God will protect him and restore peace to the nation.
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