Since the civil war in Syria began five years ago, about 6 million Syrians have become internally displaced and another nearly 5 million have fled as refugees to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and even Iraq. Many hope to be resettled in other countries so that they can have greater access to jobs, schools and so on.
H and her two children are on the journey to join her husband in Germany. While in Lebanon, she attended church a few times and heard stories of Jesus walking on water and healing people. When she became sick, she went to the church and people prayed for her. Before she returned, H’s sickness was gone. This woman credits Jesus with her healing. After a dangerous journey by boat from Turkey, H is now with her in-laws in a refugee camp in Greece. There, an Arabic-speaking visitor from Jordan was able to share with her more stories about Jesus and the salvation He offers.
There are many stories similar to H’s. Some Syrian refugees have dreamt of someone in white and experienced physical healing. Some have received Bibles and are eagerly reading them. With the failure of government and religion to give hope and peace, many are turning to Christ.
“’But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ – he said to the man who was paralyzed – ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.’” (Luke 5:24): Pray that Syrian refugees who have experienced healing in the name of Jesus will also recognize His authority to forgive sins.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6): Pray that brothers and sisters in the Lord will plant and water seeds of the gospel into the lives of Syrian refugees at every step of the journey. Ask God to make a way for more Syrians to hear of Jesus’s mighty works in Arabic. May God give the growth.
Ask God how else to pray.
Ask an Arabic-speaker (or an online resource) to teach you some Arabic greetings and simple phrases.