Published on October 17th, 2013
The following letter is from a Christian worker in Lebanon who helps Syrian refugees.
“One morning I went out distributing food for Syrian refugees who have escaped Syria to find refuge in Lebanon. As I was walking and praying, I met a boy. The boy said that he and his family are from Homs, Syria. When I asked him if I could visit them, he was hesitant. I gave him my phone number and some food. His father did call that afternoon, thanked me for the food and invited us to his house.
“The following day my wife and I went to his house and met the man’s family. They have three children. They turned out to be a Christian-background family who escaped the fighting and possible persecution in their village. The man had been memorizing verses from the Bible for the past 10 years and was still doing this, but he did not know Jesus personally.
“From our first visit, they invited us to read the Scriptures together. Although they grew up going to church, they had never experienced salvation in Christ. As we read the Bible passages about following Jesus, they were ready to receive Christ. They all gave their lives to Jesus at the end of the meeting. Salvation has come to the entire household!
“The man told us that he has been praying for a long time that God would send him believers in Christ who could share and explain the Scriptures to them. He then said God had answered his prayers and now he is ready to open his house for study of God’s Word for his entire family. What a joy it was for us to hear this! We started visiting them every Saturday evening for a time of prayer, discussion and Bible study.”
Note: One of the family’s relatives, Darius, was saved in their home! A few days later while Darius was visiting his hometown in Syria, he was killed by Muslims. God is comforting and strengthening his relatives and other Syrian Christians.