Syria Update - October 2012
Heavy armed conflict between the Islamist rebels and secular government troops filled the center of Aleppo, the Syrian city with the largest Christian population. Families have retreated to the interiors of their homes shocked by noisy night battles raging in their streets and earthshaking bombardments damaging buildings, including some churches. In the vicinity of the central city of Homs, more Christians have also had to flee villages and several neighborhoods following threats from Islamic extremists. Many have sought refuge with relatives and friends in other parts of the country and neighboring Lebanon. Also, it has been reported that many predominantly Sunni Muslim communities have provided protection and lodging to fleeing Christian families. The vast majority of Syrians oppose the setting up of an Islamic state. Please pray for guidance, protection and strengthening of God's people through these very difficult times and for the restoration of security and stability to the country. Despite these trials, some Christians are able to gather for worship and prayer in safer parts of Aleppo and even near some troubled areas. Such times of suffering provide additional opportunities for the light of Christ and His love to impact the lives of many Muslims already disenchanted with their religion.