#PrayForRefugees is an initiative to equip and encourage Christians to unite in prayer on behalf of the millions suffering and homeless as a result of the conflict in Syria.
The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst refugee crisis of since World War II. More than 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 4 million have fled the country and are living as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, European countries and around the world.
Their living conditions are often squalid and unsafe. Most are not legally able to work. Millions of children have been forced to abandon their educations, making them vulnerable to child labor, early marriage, exploitation and the lifelong impacts of missing school. Many are Christians. Many more have never known the love of Christ in their own lives.
Christians are a diverse community. We don’t agree about everything. And the Syrian crisis involves complicated and controversial issues.
But as Christians, we can affirm some shared beliefs:
- Each human being is created by God, is loved unconditionally, and is of eternal value to the Lord
- We are all commanded to serve the poor, the suffering and the oppressed, regardless of where they live
- We are to find Christ in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned
- The Syrian refugee crisis breaks the heart of God
And as Christians, we can pray:
- For protection of civilians – innocent individuals, families and children – caught in the crossfire of this conflict
- For relief for the suffering – for food, clean water, shelter, clothing, health care and protection from the winter cold
- For a future for children – for education, for safety and security, for stability and emotional health in the face of their traumatic experiences
- For the work of groups responding tangibly to the needs of Syrian refugees
- For peace in Syria and an end to the conflict
This prayer effort will take place during Lent, beginning February 10, Ash Wednesday, and ending Easter Sunday, March 27, with a particular focus on March 15, the 5th anniversary of the Syrian conflict.
Prayer guides will be available on the site each day during Lent.
If you are interested in helping tangibly or learning more about what various Christian groups are doing in response to the crisis, please visit the “How to Help” page.