PRAYER FOCUS POINTS

These are designed to provide everything you need to strategically pray for specific needs we know Syrians have.

31 May Respond

It is time to respond. We challenge you to respond with your actions and your voice. Your voice can make a difference. Use it....

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30 May God’s Story

God is not wringing his hands over this crisis. He sees, he knows. He is setting us up for action, and invites us to respond....

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29 May A Chorus of Voices

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”...

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28 May Jesus Wept

Why do we not weep in the face of such sorrow? How can we turn our backs on these stories? Sometimes the best way to love someone is to stand by and weep with them?...

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27 May Trauma

“No one has asked me to share this before. Thank you for listening. I want people to know what happened.” -Syrian refugee mother...

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26 May Fight

There is a fight going on in the spiritual realm for the hearts of these refugees. ...

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24 May Christian Witness

Throughout Europe there has been a collective “Christian witness” towards refugees—from shows of care, help and welcome. However, there have also been the opposite....

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23 May Promised Land

Germany has become the desired end point for most refugees--a “promised land” of prosperity and peace, away from war....

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21 May Men

Meet Muhammad Ali and Fahad, two individuals who may help you break the stereotype you have of young refugee men in Europe....

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17 May Persecuted

One refugee man used to be an Imam (a well respected and powerful Islamic religious leader) in his own country until he became a Christian. Then everything changed....

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14 May Heart Language

Arabic speaking Christians have shown up from all over to share love, care, and the hope of Jesus with refugees. One such man, Peter, was amazed at all the opportunities to freely share his faith along the European refugee trail. His willingness to pray, ask questions, listen and talk about...

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13 May Dreams and Visions

Jesus, “the man in white,” has been appearing to people across the Muslim world. The number of people having these dreams are staggering. Many either have had their own dream or know someone who has had “the dream,” though they don’t yet know it’s Jesus. This same story repeats itself...

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12 May Miracles

He had been desperate for a miracle. He shared that their boat stalled and almost sank while crossing the Aegean. He had heard if you pray in the name of Jesus, He would answer. He prayed. The engine started and they made it to shore. This is a real story....

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11 May The Gospel

“You don’t need to debate about religions. You just share your identity and the truth through your actions. Sometimes we sow a seed without realizing it.” -Former Muslim Imam who became a Christian refugee...

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10 May Falling Fruit

God is moving in the midst of this humanitarian crisis--and the time to respond is NOW. Like high-hanging fruit falling from a tree, an unreached people group is being brought to European shores and God asking His people to faithfully pick the falling fruit....

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09 May Remnants

What is left behind tells the story just as poignantly as where the action currently is. The impact of refugees moving in Europe has already been dramatically felt. Echoes of their stories are left in buildings, in fields, on beaches. As Christians, what trail of hope or despair are we...

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08 May The Power of Stories

Stories are important, not just for the listener but also for the speaker. The mere act being heard and understood dramatically changed someone’s outlook from hopeless to hopeful. Telling one’s story is more than just conveying facts—at its core, it’s a way to proclaim your humanity. And in the context...

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07 May Not Forgotten

As refugees wait at borders, hoping to continue their journey to "the promised land" of Western Europe, they wonder if the world knows. Does the world know that thousands upon thousands cannot cross these borders? Does the world--sipping coffee, hosting family gatherings, celebrating birthdays and holidays--know that they do not...

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06 May We Are Tired

The individuals in the midst in this crisis are tired, both physically and mentally. Hear their cries....

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05 May Stuck

Imagine leaving your home, family, and future behind you as you travel to a new land -- only to be held back in your search for a safety. Across Europe tens of thousands of refugees are "stuck" in borders, tents, bus tops and holding centers....

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03 May Source of Change

Jesus models prayer for us in Luke 18:1­8 where the persistent widow does not give up in seeking justice for her household. Her continued petitioning made the judge relent and grant her request. If we look back on any great event in Christian history, prayer is the common thread that...

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02 May Wake Up

This cannot be ignored. With how accessible information is about the refugee crisis, how can we avert our eyes? When we ignore the plight of refugees, we strip away the humanity of their situation. When we remain silent in the face of great pain, we become just as guilty. This...

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07 Mar Go And Do The Same

In Jesus day the Samaritans and Jews hated each other and had for 100’s of years. It was a world much like ours where racial and religious differences cause suspicion, division and even hatred. Jesus told the story to demonstrate the Samaritan as the self-sacrificing neighborly one. He is the...

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19 Jan Path to Peace

Joining this 16,000, are another 4 million refugees going from one place to the next traveling through Europe and the Middle East in search of safety. Every day in no-mans land is a world of uncertainty and obscurity, “where will we sleep?” “what will we eat?” “will we find a home...

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10 Dec Have we forgotten?

God sent his son into a dangerous and chaotic world of Roman rule, where His life was immediately threatened and his family forced to run to Egypt for refuge. Bethlehem was a cruel place of carnage, as Herod used his power to kill innocent babies. That’s why Jesus was such...

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30 Sep Everything Has Changed

It took a 3 year old boy named Aylan, lifeless and alone on a Turkish shoreline, to awaken the world to the single largest humanitarian crisis in recent history. It shook the world. It shook us. It brought us all to our knees.  Things have changed.   Since then, we...

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03 Sep How Long, O Lord?

Into leadership vacuums during chaotic times, evil steps in. No question. This is the situation Syrians and Iraqis have been dealing with. Those with financial means put their families’ lives on the line when they hire human traffickers in desperate attempts to get to safety. They weigh their choices and...

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25 Aug Seeking Asylum

Asylum Seekers are those who have fled from war or persecution to another nation, hoping for protection and to be allowed to live there. Jesus was an asylum seeker when Joseph was warned in a dream by God to flee to Egypt because Herod was seeking to kill ‘the Child’....

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12 Aug No Safety for Christians

Since the conflict began in 2011, Syria has not been a safe place for Christians. Of the more than 4 million Syrians that have fled Syria, more than 600,000 are Christians. The minority Christian communities are always targeted first. ...

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06 Aug August Briefing

A brilliant double rainbow abruptly appeared overhead. Cheering, clapping and yes, tears were the spontaneous response of both refugees and short-term workers. God’s timing of this incredible sight was his promise once again....

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22 Jul Hope…Where is it found?

It’s almost 1600 days since the conflict in Syria began. Everywhere we encounter the refugees, their desire is the same. Peace and safety for their family is all they long for. Numbers can’t adequately describe the personal stories of loss, grief, violence, torture, torment and kidnappings - but they...

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09 Jul Through The Eyes of Syrian Youth

Life is full of difficult choices for the young men. Most decide to risk everything in order to escape serving in the military or being conscripted by radical groups - and often, certain death. They walk 100s of miles across nations, struggling at border after border to avoid...

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25 Jun Through The Eyes of Women

What does it mean to be a refugee woman? It means you must hold your family together even when you don’t know how to do that. It means you are completely dependent on others for even your most basic needs. It means you must give your children hope and protection when...

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18 Jun Through The Eyes of Men

Whether they are Muslim, Christian or Atheist adherents, refugee men from Syria are feeling the impact of being blown from their homeland by shifting political winds. Most feel reduced, depleted and stripped of their identity. They now have little control over their ability to protect, provide for and...

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10 Jun Through the Eyes of Children

Our hearts are broken Jesus as we consider the children abducted by the terrorists, as well as their parents. We ask that you bring our world together to say, “Enough is enough,” and have the moral courage and wise means to find and rescue the children. We ask, Lord, that...

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03 Jun Through The Eyes of Jesus

To be honest, we were caught off guard by how wide and how fast the circle of prayer for Syrians and their nation spread. We’ve been buoyed by your faithfulness to pray, reading the powerful prayers on the prayer wall, your encouraging reports of how God is speaking to you...

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13 May He Knows Their Names

Many Syrian women, mostly moms, are today living as refugees without their husbands. The men are either fighting, or in prison, and others have been killed. Many do not know if their husbands are alive or dead. They now have full responsibility for the safety of -...

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05 May IMAGINE

We dream of a day when hostilities between ethnicities and religious factions will cease! As we are faced with an enlarging circle of conflict & terror in our physical world, we acknowledge it is only a shadow of what is happening in the spiritual realm. The powers...

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28 Apr Arise, Lord

Our Lord has a broken heart and grieves with each man, woman, boy or girl being terrorized. He also grieves for His church in the entire region that is being systematically eliminated. Our Lord’s name is being twisted -- not honored – even trampled! ...

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22 Apr No-option World

BECAUSE… The migrating refugees have no options. They stay - they die. They have no control – they fear death. When they flee in pursuit of hope, many die. This week we’ve heard of the boats capsizing with 100’s dying, chemical weapons verified, with more dying and the...

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14 Apr BECAUSE…

TODAY the atrocities are multiplying. The sheer numbers of people being subjected to horrific tortures and pain are magnifying daily. Children are being tortured and murdered, women are being subjected to the most grievously offensive acts and old men and women are being killed and discarded as if they...

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01 Apr Seasons of Openness

Since December, our journey has led us to see the Kairos moment in the Syrian chaos, and to understand the plight, the struggle and the destabilization of not only the Syrian people, but also of the entire region. ...

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24 Mar Being Revolutionary

The numbers keep growing. The pictures keep flowing. As we enter the fifth year of the crisis - it is not getting better. This week new numbers came out estimating the number of Syrians living in “besieged” areas is almost three times the number originally estimated by the UN....

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17 Mar She’s only 10…

Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated. On this Sunday we grieved a different kind of anniversary as it marked the war that set off the Syrian conflict and resulting crisis. We grieve the circumstances for Syrians and their future. We grieve its spilling over to more than a Syrian issue; its...

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09 Mar Praise + Thanks!

God is answering our prayers. We have seen the evidence and direct impact to our crying out to the Lord through our collective prayer. The displaced Syrians are coming to faith in Jesus. We now hear it everyday. Large percentages of them are open as never before to consider...

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02 Mar Light in Darkness

Another week and Syrian Christians are targeted and kidnapped by radicals determined to rid the land of Christian presence. This has been a centuries old strategy for Islam. Many others have barely escaped. The murder and madness continues. Being among the displaced Syrians last week,...

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23 Feb Host Cultures

Displaced Syrians were desperate when they fled their homes, and now most long for the day it’s safe to return. Many had a good life in Syria and suddenly, with the civil war and extremism, everything changed. They have found themselves in a place other than their homes,...

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13 Feb Hidden Victims

In the relentlessness of this crisis, there is an increasing number of crippled and disabled via bullets, bombs, shrapnel & accidents. They along with the elderly must make the long and rugged trip to safety, putting incredible pressure on family. Prisoners endure the harsh conditions and never-ending torture & murder...

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09 Feb Women + Children

For hundreds of thousands of women, escaping their ruined homeland was only the first step in a journey of grinding hardship. They have run out of money, face daily threats to their safety and are being treated as outcasts for no other crime than losing their men to a vicious...

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02 Feb Kairos in the Chaos

We often see, but do not perceive what is significant. We touch, but don’t feel the textural differences. We hear sounds, but often lock onto what is familiar – not what is dissonant. The increasing chaos, violence, wars, and injustice in the Middle East is different in proportion, complexity, and intensity than most conflicts. It...

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26 Jan The Extremists

If you’ve ever been deceived into believing a lie – then you have experienced what motivates the religious extremists. They have been taught and believe it’s their duty to kill Christians and Jews; it’s their religious duty. Many of these young men and some women...

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19 Jan Persecuted Believers

Syrian believers were the ones persecuted first, had to flee first and are still the most vulnerable. The nations they have fled to aren’t happy about them being there specifically because they are believers. Others have stayed in Syria by choice to help and pray in their cities with 1st...

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12 Jan Syrian Men + Youth

God has given men the responsibility to lead and protect their families, communities and nations. Our enemy often goes after them first to take them out of that role, creating confusion that leaves others vulnerable. This crisis has pressured many men to fight. As a result, they have been killed,...

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