SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource During 2012 Syria descended into civil war. Hundreds of thousands people have been driven from their homes. 78% of refugees are women and children. Tearfund has been closely monitoring and praying for the situation in Syria for more than a year – and is supporting people displaced by the conflict. Reuters/Majed Jaber SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource Nearly 700,000 refugees have fled Syria. Many more are homeless. Yussef and his Mum and Dad spent most of their family savings escaping to Lebanon. The family cleared rubbish from an old concrete dump – their new home. They now face a winter of sub-zero temperatures. SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource Agencies working in the region are struggling to keep up with the growing need; more support is needed urgently. Reports suggest that the situation is worsening. This is an urgent humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people. REUTERS/Muhammed Hamed SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource Tearfund’s focus is helping people who have been displaced from their homes. We’re working through partner agencies to help people find food and shelter; eventually we hope to help people return home. We expect our response to extend over a number of years and we’ll spread the funds we raise to enable this to happen. REUTERS/Muhammed Hamed SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource In Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq hundreds of thousands of Syrian children are facing a winter of freezing temperatures. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource Millions have been affected by the crisis. Tearfund is appealing for your support and asking you to join us in prayer. SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource Please join Tearfund in praying for: • the safety of those fleeing the country • that families will not lose each other as they travel • families as they come to terms with the loss of loved ones • all those supporting the relief effort in Syria and neighbouring countries • wisdom for Tearfund staff and partners as we respond to this worsening crisis • peace to come quickly SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL A Tearfund Prayer Resource Jesus wept. Precious God, what makes you weep? What are the things in this world that break your heart? (silence) Glorious God we pray for the nation of Syria. We ask for your mercy. We pray for children who have lost parents and parents, children. The voiceless, who sleep to the rhythm of their tears. For all those who are chained by fear, O God please bring peace. Lord, we pray that you may raise up peacemakers and those with generous loving hearts. We ask that you may give discernment and wisdom to leaders and others with influence, that a road of peace may be found. May justice flow and bring healing to this land. For the honour of your name, Amen. (Written by Dr Fred Drummond, National Director of the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland, and UK Director of Prayer) In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him into his ears. (Psalm 18:6) To find out more, and to donate to Tearfund’s Syria Crisis Appeal visit www.tearfund.org/syria Thank you for being part of a Christian response to the suffering in Syria.