Quarterly highlights – Q4 2019December 18, 2019
I am one of themMarch 19, 2020
The war in Syria is far from over: since early December, over one million people from the Syrian province of Idlib have been displaced and have nowhere to find refuge. Most of them are women and children. We ask our partners all over the world to join us in prayer for what is already considered to be the worst humanitarian crisis since the beginning of the Syrian war.
As the Syrian government is trying to regain control of the Idlib province, the last one held by opposition forces, over one million civilians, mostly women and children, have fled to escape the fighting. For many, it is the third, fourth, 10th time they have been displaced since the beginning of the Syrian war.
But this time, they have nowhere to go to. They are being crammed into an ever-shrinking area closer and closer to the Turkish border. That border is closed and will certainly remain so, since Turkey already hosts nearly four million Syrian refugees and does not want to take in anymore refugees. Those who attempt to cross risk their physical safety.
Most of them barely can afford much less find food or adequate shelter, with many packed together in makeshift tents or simply sleeping in the streets or under trees, completely exposed to the cold winter weather that has already led several babies and children to freeze to death. The area is unreachable for most NGOs and the few humanitarians and volunteers on site do not have the capacity to respond to the overwhelming needs.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it
Despite it all, we believe that nothing is unreachable for God. We believe that in such hopeless situations, He can intervene in miraculous ways and His light can shine even brighter…
For God’s work in the hearts of all parties involved, toward a quick and peaceful resolution of the conflict
For God’s peace beyond understanding for all newly displaced people, who have lost everything, and who live in constant fear, anxiety, and uncertainty
For God’s perfect love and comfort for those who lost loved ones, especially children who lost parents and parents who lost children
For God’s providence for those in dire need of shelter, food, or medical assistance
For God given hope in the midst of suffering