Syrian Kurds Turn to Christ Across the Middle East in the Midst of Tension

Image is a representative photo depicting Kurdish people wearing traditional clothes. (Photo, caption courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A new group of Kurdish fighters entered the fray recently in northeast Syria. There’s been constant tension and fighting in the region since Turkey invaded in late 2019.

“It’s disputed territory, [with] regular incursions by the Turks, Russians, and the Syrian army,” Samuel of Redemptive Stories explains.

“[The territory is] held currently by the YPG, which is just a faction of the Kurdish army. It’s one of the many Kurdish ‘three-lettered armies,’ as we like to call them.”

Nonetheless, hope remains for the troubled region. “We were able to go visit there recently, and I see two things across the Middle East,” Samuel says.

“[First,] God is using media in a fresh way, particularly social media, to proliferate the Gospel across the Arab world. One of the even more beautiful things [is] the response of the Syrian Kurds.”

The territory Syrian Kurds call home remains a battleground for multiple foreign armies and Kurdish forces. The United States tried to withdraw in 2018, but geopolitical complexities with Turkey and Russia maintained its presence. Similar difficulties exist today.

They may have lost their homes, but God has not abandoned His purposes for Syrian Kurds. “Many families have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan and Lebanon. These Kurds have come in contact with Christians, [who] faithfully communicated the Gospel to them,” Samuel says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Praise God for bringing many Syrian Kurds to faith!
  • Pray that as these new believers grow and mature, they will reach other Kurds for Christ.