Coronavirus is having a significant impact on the Middle East. Many believers, who were already vulnerable, have lost their jobs and have no money for food. They are often last in line when official food and aid is distributed – discriminated against because they follow Jesus.
Though conflict has abated in parts of Syria, there are still areas that are controlled by radical Islamic groups. Anyone who doesn’t conform to their extreme brand of Islam is a target to these groups, with church leaders particularly vulnerable to abduction.
Believers from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities, as leaving Islam is seen as a huge source of shame.
Brian would like to hear from anyone interested in learning more about Open Doors and how we can help persecuted believers in the world. Contact Brian c/o the Parish Office.