This month is the fourth anniversary of the start of a bloody and destructive civil war in Syria. For the last few months Pastor Samuel (his real name protected due to security reasons) has been reporting what Syrian Christians face on a daily basis in the war-torn city of Aleppo. Today he talks with 18 teenagers in the area to find out how they are coping with the on-going violence and life in general.
What does a regular day look like for you?
Boring and making no sense at all. Every day is the same boring day. There is nothing to do for us and no place to go except to school, if the situation allows us. Nothing exciting and nothing new.
What scares you?
Bombs and rockets. Sudden death from bombings and rockets. To be injured from explosions and stay in bed. Death of my family from bombings and staying alone. Plus darkness.
What are your personal plans for the future?
Study and graduate from a university and then find a job to work to earn a living in a peaceful country. I would like to continue my studies in Western countries in order to have a better life. And then start my personal business.
What is your dream?
To see peace in our city. To go and live in a peaceful country where there is no war. We are tired of war and the unstable situation; we want to go to a safe country. I dream of having a faithful friend and to have a joyful life.
Where does God stand in your life?
For the most part, I feel God when I am in church. Outside the church, I see God through His miracles of protecting us from danger. But I have questions: what about those who are dying or being injured through rockets? Where is God for them? God is with us because we are still surviving.
What would you do if I gave you $55?
I would buy new clothes. I would buy new items. I would save half of it because we are in a war situation and we don’t know what will happen. I would try to help very poor kids. I would buy new personal things and maybe I would give some of the money to the church in order for them to help the needy.
Samuel: “After I listened to their answers, I asked them if they wanted me to repeat the answers for them. They said yes and this proved to be a good opportunity for me to discuss their answers with them and to talk about the challenges they are facing during these critical times. The main discussion went on about how to spend their days and use their time. I assured them that God is in control, that He is just and loves faithful young people. Praise the Lord!”
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.