Christian Refugees from Syria Return Home

Heart for Lebanon’s focus on holistic, relational, and unconditional ministry allows believers to reach and engage Syrian refugees in a relationship. (Photo, caption courtesy of Heart for Lebanon)

Syria’s top diplomat encourages refugees to come home, while experts and aid groups advise the opposite. United Nations Commissioner Karen Koning AbuZayd warned earlier this week, “The war on Syrian civilians continues.

According to Amnesty International, Syrian refugees who returned home faced torture at the hands of security forces. One former refugee said a Syrian official told him, “You’re a terrorist … Syria is not a hotel that you leave and return to when you want.”

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Nearly six million Syrian refugees remain in neighboring countries, making this the world’s largest refugee crisis. Nonetheless, hope remains. “We’ve been able to send two couples back into Syria,” Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema says.

The Syrian couples fled to Lebanon years ago as refugees. They met Lebanese believers through Heart for Lebanon’s access ministry.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Two couples trained by Heart for Lebanon recently returned to their home village in Syria to start churches. Pray their efforts to share the Gospel in Syria will be successful.
  • Pray Syrian Christian refugees can soon return to their homes, families, communities and livelihoods, and for God’s continued restoration for those who have already returned.
  • Pray for Syrian believers to be the light of hope in Syria, providing comfort and wisdom to those who are suffering from trauma or from a lack of food and resources.

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