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God! Syria! Freedom!

May 27, 2011

I have walked Syria’s city streets, and I have been detained and questioned by secret police in the Syrian city of Aleppo. I know how Syria’s citizens live in fear. On Syrian television I have seen a stadium filled with citizens sing to their leader, “You give us the air we breathe.” But we suspect that their hearts were not in this blasphemy.

No one could have dreamt that these citizens would stand up and dare to shout out what they truly believe: that they have been betrayed by their leaders. Some of them are true patriots, calling for liberty and justice for all. We can almost hear the Arabic version of Patrick Henry’s immortal words, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

Syrian soldiers, firing from the rooftops into the city squares, have given them death. In the city of Dera’a, (at the border crossing near Jordan) snipers field on unarmed citizens, who had been shouting “God! Syria! Freedom!” Weeping mothers collected their dead.

In C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair a knight named Rilian has been subdued by the witch; she has made Rilian passive and controllable except for one hour every night, when the knight regains his senses. During that hour, when he wishes to fight her, she has him chained to a silver chair. The children fear that Rilian has gone mad, until he tells them to free him “in the name of Aslan.” The children do as they are told, having been ordered by Aslan the lion to prepare themselves to obey a strange command that it made in His name.

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One of the oldest nations in the world, Syria is violently dealing with ramifications of the Arab Spring.

Today, thousands of Syrians have awoken to take up the cry of Arabs everywhere, a cry for freedom. In order to gain freedom, Syrians must call on the name of Jesus Christ, but “How will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14). We are recruiting new team leaders whom God is calling to preach the gospel in Syrian cities so that Syrians might call on the name of the Lord and be saved.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat M. permalink
    June 7, 2011 5:26 am

    I will redouble my prayers for all that is going on there and in Lebanon. I have had to discontinue my monetary support to the bible school in Beirut. Some of it has been redirected to your work, and some to USCWM workers who were helping with your postgraduate work. This past weekend’s events were chilling; I get news reports from both Al Jazeera and Jerusalem. Even so, Maranatha…Blessings to all.

  2. James Molay permalink
    July 1, 2011 7:56 pm

    Looks like the Syrian regime is paying guide book writers to produce propaganda in its favor. Check this one out. http://www.bradtguides.com/guidebook-update-syria

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