The 5-5-5 Challenge: A Story of Persecution in Syria
“We’re a humble church in Damascus but nowadays we are helping over 1350 displaced families in Damascus”, pastor Imad says enthusiastically. “It is rewarding that God allows us to reach that many people.” With the support of Open Doors, his protestant church is helping Christian and Muslim families with the basics they need.
The number the pastor mentioned represents the internally displaced families in Damascus that are registered with this specific church for regular help and follow up.
The relief work of this congregation that is supported by Open Doors includes food supply, medical help in a clinic, house visitations, blankets to all families and mattresses where needed. Sometimes rent is paid. “All help depends on the needs of the families.” Besides material help, the church also helps spiritually by distributing Bibles, Christian books and through discipleship.
“The overall condition in Damascus is getting worse”, Imad says. “The people have to cope with the horrific sounds of gunshots, sporadic mortars and missiles all around. There is no safe place anymore. And the violence leads to other problems. There is no electricity during many hours of the day. People cannot do their normal daily activities like cleaning their clothes, cooking, taking a shower, ironing, heating their homes (for the lack of electricity, gas, diesel and petrol), even reading and studying is hard as there is no electricity.”
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