Published on July 31st, 2017
“Two million people have had to leave Syria. A third of the population of Syria have had to leave their homes.”— A Christian who works in Muslim countries
Muslims and Christians in Syria have been forced to leave their homes and live as refugees in other countries. Radical, violent Muslims have attacked cities in Syria, and the cities are no longer safe places to live.
Many refugees now live in Lebanon. They find shelter in tents, broken down buildings, and in fields. Their lives are difficult. Churches in Lebanon try to help the refugees. But their kindness is causing some interesting problems. Muslims are coming to the churches! The Muslims are thankful for the Christians’ help.
One church with 200 members now has 400 people who attend church services because of all the new Syrian Muslims. But “the refugees don’t know how to behave in church. The kids are messing up the Sunday school,” said a Christian.
“God has ruined my church,” the pastor said. But the pastor was joking. He is really very happy that Muslims are hearing the truth about God and Jesus in his church.
Ask God to help Christians continue to help refugees who come to their country and their church.
(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)
To Talk About
Do you ever have members or visitors who do not behave when they come to your church? How do you act toward the ones who misbehave? Do you pray for them? Do you hope they come back to church?