Christians in Aleppo, Syria asked Christians around the world to join them in prayer on Sunday 8 May. See below for specific prayer requests and quotes from believers about the recent conflict.
Thank you for joining believers in Aleppo to pray for their city on Sunday. These photos are from prayer gatherings in Aleppo.
For 2 weeks, during late April and early May 2016, the Syrian city of Aleppo has seen a rise in bloodshed as government and rebel forces have bombarded the beleaguered city. More than 200 civilians are thought to have died in this recent surge of violence, as hospitals, university buildings and Christian districts have been bombed.
A ceasefire was declared between Rebel forces and Syrian military. The 48-hour truce began in the city as of Thursday (5 May 2016) morning. In a separate attack later that day, airstrikes on a refugee camp near Idleb, approximately 50km west of Aleppo, killed at least 28 people. The camp had become home to people fleeing the cities of Aleppo and Hama. United Nations OCHA chief, Stephen O’Brien, has has called for an investigation into the attack.
We received messages from Christians in and around Aleppo, “The truth is that Jesus has risen,” declared one woman. “So now we are asking you to join us in an international prayer and fasting day for Aleppo. We are refusing to see the death any more in Syria – Aleppo especially – and we are declaring the resurrection of the Christ on our beloved country.”
On Sunday 8 May, Christians in Aleppo joined to pray and fast for the city. They urged Christians around the world to join them in prayer.
Please continue to pray for Aleppo.
- Ask the Lord to protect the civilians who are facing daily bombardments, who are too scared to leave their homes, and who are dealing with the traumatic loss of loved ones
- Many are facing the decision of whether to flee the city or remain, pray they would have discernment and wisdom to go where God calls them.
- That local and international decision-makers and peace-makers would know how to deal with this recent surge in violence in a way that leads to a lasting peace.
- Pray for those causing this violence who don’t know Jesus, that they would have a revelation of Christ and repent, turning to Him in faith.
- Many have experienced the horrific reality of war, and are losing hope. Please pray that Christians and others will know God’s deep love and care for them, and that they will trust in Jesus.
MESSAGES FROM BELIEVERS:
Christian man, 26 April 2016: “Yesterday, it was a bloody day in Aleppo. Many shells covered one side of Aleppo… The shelling started two days ago but yesterday it was strong. If it continues like this, I think we would witness another wave of internally displaced people.”
Christian man, 3 May 2016: “University students are hiding in the building because their area is showered. One of the students posted a selfie picture in the basement of the university with other students. They were not able to go outside.”
Christian man, 3 May 2016: “Today, the hospital where my wife gave birth to our daughter was hit. This is the best hospital for giving birth in Aleppo. It is also considered as one of the most important hospitals for infertility treatment in the Middle East. The total amount of people killed [in the hospital] is 17… For me and my wife, it is very symbolic. This is where my daughter was born and a place where new babies come to this world and new life begins. Today is full of death and destruction.”
Christian man 3 May 2016: “Some of the busiest streets in [a] Christian neighbourhood are empty after what has happened. All the shops are closed. I heard from my friend that he saw just 3 or 4 people on a street that normally is crowded. I urged him to stay inside.”
Christian woman 4 May 2016: “Would you like to know what Mary’s feeling was when she was carrying her son’s dead body? You can ask a mother from Aleppo… The truth is that JESUS HAS RISEN. So now we are asking you to join us in an international prayer and fasting day for Aleppo. We are refusing to see the death any more in Syria – Aleppo especially – and we are declaring the resurrection of the Christ on our beloved country.”
Please continue praying for Aleppo and Syria as a whole.