Our news feeds have been filled with complete sorrow and terror this week—images of chemical warfare being used in Syria.
On Tuesday, at least 70 people were killed in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, located in northwestern Syria, the BBC reported.
Eyewitnesses say the attack hit early Tuesday morning, while many were still asleep. Those who inhaled the chemical gas have suffered serious medical issues, and some died instantly. People were found, many of them children, in the streets, choking and gasping for breath.
The victims who survived have experienced foaming of the mouth, blue facial skin and lips, severe shortness of breath and asphyxiation. It is believed that 400 have suffered respiratory problems.
Last month, we reported that Syria has been in civil war for six years. Almost 5 million Syrians have fled the country and over 6 million are displaced internally.
The situation in Syria is dire.
For believers and non-believers alike, they are living in a hell-on-earth. This part of the world is not geographically close to us, but they are near in our hearts.
Those living in this region need our prayers. Please join us to pray:
- Families were struck by terror in such an unexpected way—while they were sleeping. God, please allow the families that were affected by this attack to receive the care and rest that they need to physically and emotionally heal from this horrific ordeal.
- Lord, we pray for those who executed the attack. This act was full of evil and hate, but we know that no one is too far from Your saving grace. We ask for You to convict their hearts today of the evil act they did—in direct rebellion to You and Your Word. We ask that You would save them miraculously, just as You did with Paul, while he was persecuting the church.
- We pray for believers in Syria and in this region. They are navigating so much uncertainty. They are surrounded by war and we pray they remain faithful to You through these most difficult times. God, guide and sustain them. Give them understanding and peace. Infuse them with Your truth and give them the strength to live for You. Provide them with the endurance they need. Even when it doesn’t make sense, allow them to know that You are worth more than life itself. Help them keep the gospel ever-present in their minds. Amen.
Christians in Syria are facing so much, and you can stand with believers in this region in their greatest time of need by giving today.
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