The Syrian refugee crisis represents the largest migration of people since the Second World War, according to Christian Post. It may be one of the worst human catastrophes in our generation but it gave an opportunity for an increased in relief efforts around the globe.
There is great opportunity for ministry among those people. They are basically going into Europe with nothing except scars and heartache and desperation, and it’s a great opportunity to reach out. ~Steve Van Valkenburg
US-based Christian Aid Mission revealed that the crisis is also an opportunity to spread the Christian faith. Steve Van Valkenburg, regional director of the Christian aid charity in Syria, said, “Refugees…see the Muslim-on-Muslim fighting, and then they see how the Christians are reaching out with love and caring – that has to do something with their hearts.”
Currently, Christian Aid Mission supports 16 Syrian Christian organizations active within Syria.
Valkenburg explained that the war is an “inter-Islamic squabble” and they’re trying to get in the middle of it. He said all kinds of people are coming into Europe; some are terrorist minded while some are becoming Christ followers. “There is great opportunity for ministry among those people. They are basically going into Europe with nothing except scars and heartache and desperation, and it’s a great opportunity to reach out.”
Another director of an aid organization disclosed that they are distributing Arabic-language Bibles as possible to the 8,000 Syrian refugees he works with in Turkey.
Each refugee relief organizations serves as God’s way of showing grace and mercy to the Syrian refugees, may they be Christians or not.
Middleeasteyenet. (2016). Middle East Eye. http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/christian-aid-group-active-syria-says-crisis-opportunity-spread-religious-message-2060356145
Christianpostcom. (2016). Christian Post. http://www.christianpost.com/news/syrian-refugee-crisis-is-opportunity-to-spread-the-good-news-163496/