From Arab Spring to Revival: God is Moving in Syria

Image, residents pick up after aerial bombings in Azaz, Syria, on August 16, 2012. (Wikimedia Commons)

Ten years ago today, the Arab Spring movement sparked massive protests in Damascus, Syria. Demonstrations called for “a Syria without tyranny,” Middle East Eye reports. Syrian Christians sought change too and received an answer they didn’t expect.

“I was talking with some Syrian believers recently, and they said [at that time] they were praying for a revival in their country. They were praying, ‘Lord, do what You need to do to bring a revival’,” Tom Doyle of Uncharted Ministries says.

“They weren’t expecting a war; they didn’t think that was a possibility. But when it happened, it hit fast and furious; everything changed in Syria.”

Anti-government protests led to military crackdowns, which escalated into civil war. A decade later, over 13 million people in Syria need humanitarian aid to survive. More than five million Syrians live in neighboring countries as refugees.

Refugee children cannot imagine returning to Syria, while parents inside the war-torn land are afraid to leave their kids unguarded. “[There has] been a lot of kidnapping throughout Syria. People are desperate and they need money, so kidnapping happens,” Doyle says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for continued church growth as more Syrians encounter Christ’s truth.
  • Ask the Lord to protect His followers as they bring the Gospel to former ISIS territory.