Syrian Christians have requested continued prayer for peace in their land and for all affected by the ongoing violence, including Christian communities.
In February Middle East Concern requested prayer following the abduction by Daesh (so-called "Islamic State" or IS) of more than 230 Assyrian Christians and the capture of around 35 predominantly Assyrian villages along the Khabour River in Hassaka Governorate. On Tuesday 26th May two elderly women were released, possibly because they are in poor health. While 25 of those abducted have now been released, more than 200 remain unaccounted for. In recent days the Daesh militants have been driven out of the villages following a successful surge led by Kurdish forces. However, very few of those villagers who escaped are returning to their homes as they are fearful of unexploded ordnance and of continuing instability in the area.
On 21st May a Syrian Catholic Priest, Jacques Mourad, was abducted by unknown militants during an assault on the Mar Elian monastery near Homs. An associate of Fr Mourad, Deacon Boutros Hanna, was also reportedly abducted when he tried to intervene. According to the Syrian Catholic Patriarchate, Fr Mourad had refused to leave the monastery, saying "As the priest and pastor, I will never leave this place so long as there are people here, unless they hunt me down."
Syrian Christians ask us to pray that:
a. the two elderly Christians recently released will know the Lord's comfort, healing and provision
b. all those who are still abducted will know the Lord's presence and protection, and will be released soon
c. those displaced from their homes will know the Lord's care and provision, and will be able to return soon
d. violence will cease, peace will be restored and the clear rule of law will be applied equally for all in Syria
e. those responsible for the murder and abduction of innocent civilians will know the Spirit's conviction of sin, seek the Father's forgiveness and find new life in the Son
Middle East Concern
URL for this prayer request: http://www.meconcern.org/index.php/en/prayer-requests/878-syria-abduction-of-christians