Stories

08 Feb Sharing From The Refugee “Highway”

Over the next 3 weeks a team representing The Syrian Circle will be traveling along the refugee trail through Europe. We will be posting first hand stories and sharing from their experiences as they travel from Greece to Northern Europe. We hope their account of traveling alongside of the refugees will better inform us all how to specifically pray and continue to advocate for the Syrians and other peoples from the Levant region. Please follow...

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26 Jan A Straightforward Glimpse into one Syrian Refugee’s Life

It was a dark and rainy day in the al Hambra displaced persons camp. This camp was located on the edge of the hills of southern Lebanon.  The camp streets were nothing more than mud, water and broken planks from shipping containers.  Phar’is had just visited an old friend from the village he grew up in.  It was a difficult meeting as it added to the heavy load that Phar’is already had to bear.  Phar’is...

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19 Jan 2014 Statistics

Each week we want to continue to provide you pertinent information to inform you as you intercede on behalf of the Syrian people. As you know, the war has had a significant impact on the country of Syria. Within the last week, news sources have released the following numbers. In 2014, [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='15' down='15'] • 76,021 people were killed [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='15' down='15'] • 7.6 million have been internally displaced [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color=''...

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12 Jan How the chaos in Syria has created the opportune moment.

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment. Today, Syria is caught in chaos, but it’s also a kairos moment. Let me explain. To fully understand why this is the opportune moment, it helps to understand how the chaos has affected lives. Young Syrian men have limited options. If they stay in the country they are conscripted into the army and forced to fight their brothers and their neighbors. So many have chosen...

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15 Dec On A Frigid December Night Is Where It Began

He sat alone, in the dark, hidden under a dirty piece of plastic that he had convinced an aid worker to give him. He dug a hole in the ground with a makeshift shovel. He then lashed together some old boards from a destroyed container and stretched plastic over it all to construct what would become his and his family’s new home for the foreseeable future. In the darkness Phar’is dreamed of how wonderful it...

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14 Dec I Kill People in the Name of Religion, You Love People in the Name of Jesus

Paul is one of my dearest brothers.  The Lord has redeemed and raised him up in a Middle Eastern country.  He is now in charge of distributing food packages to newly arriving Syrian refugee families.  Recently, he gave out the last food package he had for the entire month.  A poor lady was the next in line and she started crying when she realized there was none left for her family. She told Paul that she...

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05 Dec Dick Eastman’s, Love On It’s Knees

This is a powerful story of how God moves in human history when we pray. If you need encouragement that prayer really does make a difference, read this. — Several years ago, in May 1986, I was preparing to take School of Prayer training to Poland at the invitation of a dynamic young pastor from Pittsburgh, Mark Geppert. Six weeks prior to my departure for Eastern Europe, I met with Mark to finalize our schedule. “There’s been a change...

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26 Nov Two Tools to Help Pray For Syrians This Thanksgiving

  This Thanksgiving could be a good chance to share with family and friends your heart for Syria. We all know there will be a prayer for the Thanksgiving meal, so check out the idea below to include Syrians. There's a quiz too to help gauge what they already know.   Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer:   Lord Jesus, as we enjoy our family, friends and table of abundance today, would you use this setting to remind us that you are the source of all...

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25 Nov Child Trauma

When I walked into the tent, the stagnant air almost suffocated me.  It was the heat of the summer, and the tent, baking under the sun, didn’t have openings in the sides for ventilation. After slipping off my shoes, I sat on my knees and began conversing with the young family that hosted us.  As we spoke, I noticed their young son seemed lethargic.  I asked if he had fallen ill - he had. I offered...

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