The situation for Christians in Syria is deteriorating, but one
ministry is still tending to the flock.
USA is monitoring the situation with workers on the ground, and
spokesman Jerry Dykstra tells OneNewsNow Christians are embattled
because of the civil war between government forces and rebels.
"And they're also embattled because they're also targeted by the
rebels in the sense that some of the rebels are made up of al-Qaeda
segments and also Muslim Brotherhood," he details. "They obviously
do not like Christians, and they would like to see the Christians
leave the country."
But the only ones who can leave are those with money and outside
contacts. They are able to go to Lebanon to an extent, but other
countries in the region have closed their borders. While those
remaining in Syria have become targets for violence, Open Doors has
been able to continue its ministry work.
"Some of the things we've done [are] work with our partners
over there getting relief articles into there, blankets, Bibles,"
Dykstra explains. "And we've even supported churches who have run
summer camps for children."
The ministry spokesman notes that some Muslims do get
along well with Christians. In fact, there have been reports of
Christians receiving food packages from Open Doors and sharing them
with Muslim neighbors because of the scarcity of food.