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Persecuted but not Forsaken

The sky erupts with fire as rockets fall. Violent men kill, rape, loot, and burn, tearing apart families and destroying homes. Many in the Middle East have suffered through these terrors. For some, war still rages. Others continue to rebuild from the rubble, struggling with years of trauma.


Yemen has been caught in a civil war for six years. Children are dying of hunger. Famine-like conditions and economic collapse are threatening the entire population while malaria, typhoid, cholera, and COVID-19 continue to claim lives. The situation here is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


Syria has been dragged down by a decade-long civil war in which other nations have been eager to take sides in the fight. People who once owned multiple homes and farmland are now displaced, living in tents. Food, water, and electricity are in short supply, prompting a rise in healthcare concerns. “The vast majority of people who are still here,” said Samaritan's Purse field director for Syria, “are mothers and fathers and young people and children who had nothing to do with this conflict, yet they love their country.”


Iraq is past all-out war, but continues to struggle to rebuild in the wake of ISIS’s reign of terror. Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians all suffered as homes, farms, and other property were destroyed, leaving families with nowhere to sleep and no way to provide for themselves. Remembering what it was like to first see the remnants of his house after ISIS had torched it, one rugged farmer whispered as he wept, “Fifty years of my life were destroyed in that fire.”

These nations where so many fight for survival are the lands of the Bible. Abraham, Paul, and the Queen of Sheba walked here. Their legacy of faith lives on in the resilient minority of Christians who remain. “Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed,” (2 Corinthians 4:9) their light shines brightly in the darkness.

A small degree of hope
can make a world of difference.

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In the midst of this rich and varied context, Samaritan's Purse is helping the vulnerable of any religious background. For their safety, we can't tell you their names or specific locations, but please pray with us that they will know that there is hope in the midst of the chaos.

“We can alleviate some of the crisis for some families,” said our country director for Yemen. “We can redeem the suffering at least to a small degree and that small degree can make a world of difference.”