You Stood By Us

19Jan

You Stood By Us

Bahira and her family had to flee from their home in Syria when militants captured their city. They found refuge in another part of Syria, but now live in an unfinished building with only a roof over their heads—no walls, no electricity and no water—an "apartment" they must pay $67 a month for. But it's better than the alternative...and it's winter in Syria now, too.

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01Jan

Imam Turned Infidel

Akilah screamed and wailed—despite her husband's frantic attempts to quiet her. But it was too late. Surely their neighbors had heard. And Ishaq could hardly blame his wife for her outburst. For months he had delayed making his dreaded confession to her. Now there was no turning back.

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04Dec

Garbage Duty

Mom is very sick and they don't know what happened to Dad—in prison? dead? What they do know is that the rent for their home—an unfinished structure that has a roof supported by pillars, but no walls, plumbing or electricity—costs $43 each month and it's up to the 3 children to earn it.

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04Nov

Refugee for Life

When ISIS advanced into the Palestinian refugee camps within Syria, Bushra, a life-long refugee, had to flee once again to save the lives of her family. They fled to an area of relative peace and safety still inside Syria. They would have preferred to find someplace further from the conflict and turmoil, but like most refugees and internally displace people (IDP), their options and resources are very scarce.

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24Oct

Refugees: Unmasked

Before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Christians in Iraq lived in relative peace and safety. Although they still experienced distrust, tension and disrespect from many of their Muslim neighbors, the government kept acts of aggression in check.

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23Sep

“It is Eternity that Matters!”

When ISIS violently invaded Iraq, the city of Mosul, with its large population of Christians, was an early target. Mosul was prosperous, and Christians owned most of the successful businesses. Amir owned one of those successful businesses in Mosul. He also owned his own home and some land, and a large extended family lived nearby.

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31Jul

Maggie’s Milk Ministry

It was just a couple of years ago that my friend, Maggie (not her real name), a Syrian American, moved to the Middle East to serve the suffering Syrian refugees. She has a degree in education and began teaching in a school for refugee children started by Christians.

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15Jun

“You are better than my own people!”

When militants besieged the Syrian city of Hojaira in 2012, Sabeen—along with her ailing husband and their three children, ages 5, 8 and 15—fled quickly, escaping with only the clothes on their backs. They felt lucky to be alive.

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21May

Compassionate Fixing

When we try to fix other people's problems it doesn't usually end well. But if we can help provide others with the tools they need, they can usually fix their own problems. So when I met Ammar (not his real name) last February in Erbil, Iraq, and learned about his skills, the gears started turning in my head.

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01Apr

A Recycled Life

Francine's pain cannot be measured. It began 5 years ago when a band of ruthless rebels stormed into her village, set all the homes on fire and, in the ensuing chaos, sent streams of bullets into the bodies of men, women and children as they fled. Among the dead were her husband and all 5 of her children.

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