Though they are a resilient people, the war has robbed the people of Aleppo of their homes and for many, it cost them family members, friends, and community. Some sustained physical injuries that have permanently altered their lives. Others are only beginning to deal with the psychological trauma they’ve endured. Many fled to other parts of Syria and surrounding countries like Turkey and Lebanon, or even further afield. Those who have remained, face daily challenges, struggling even to have enough to eat as the economy has been destroyed.
The destruction of the civil war has reduced the population of Christians by 90% to only 30,000 people. This makes it even more challenging for seekers to meet other followers of Jesus, or to gain access to Christian resources. However, the actions of ISIS have pushed many Muslims to either turn to agnosticism or to consider following Jesus. Many Muslims, especially Kurds, have started attending the small number of evangelical churches still left.
- Aleppo was home to the largest concentration of Christians in Syria before the war. Even though this population has been decimated, there are still 30,000 left. Pray for the church in Aleppo for revival.
- Pray for God to open doors for workers to enter Aleppo and make disciples.
- Kurds are more open to the gospel than any other ethnic Muslim group in Syria. Praise God for this and pray that they would grow in self-control, uprightness, and godliness (Titus 2:12).
- Pray for the rebuilding of this broken city. Pray for initiatives to help people cope with the trauma they have experienced. Pray that the church would play a vital role in the restoration and renewal of the city of Aleppo.