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So they chartered a plane

Si Walker, 4th September 2015

If you are anything like me you have been watching the news in disbelief, seeing the huge numbers of people trying to get into Europe and away from places like Syria.

While some may be travelling 'for a better life', clearly there are many who we would think of as refugees, who are fleeing persecution.

As usual the problem is overwhelming and because of that it is easy to do nothing.

As I know Barnabas Fund is an organisation many in church support for their work with persecuted Christians, I wanted to share this with you. As part of their efforts, Barnabas Fund have chartered a plane and found a tangible solution-- even if it is a drop in the ocean.

From Barnabas Fund:

“I am currently in the Middle East, where Christians are fleeing their homes in fear of abduction, torture and killing,” said Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund on Tuesday this week. “I find them in the midst of a terrible situation. They have lost every possession and live in constant fear for their own lives and the lives of their children and elderly parents.” Can you help Barnabas Fund get Christians to safety?

A man helping refugees

Barnabas is helping displaced Syrian Christians who have lost everything

“It is with a heavy heart that we evacuate Christians from ancient homelands where they have dwelt continuously for 2,000 years. Yet still they follow Christ,” said Dr Sookhdeo. “But the plight of these communities is dire and we need to do our utmost to save their lives.”

Christians in Syria are in extreme danger. An estimated 260 believers were kidnapped on 6 August by Islamic State (IS) militants just hours after the jihadists seized the town of Qaryatain, in Homs province, a local Christian leader told Barnabas.

The jihadists searched out Christians and anyone else they accused of “collaborating with the regime” using a list with the names of their victims. Anyone who tried to escape was hunted until found. Some were taken from inside a church building. Dozens of the Christian captives have now been taken to Raqqa, the so-called capital of IS territory.

A man helping refugees

Christian families in Syria are fleeing their homes in fear of IS militants

Barnabas Fund is working with governments around the world to arrange visas for Syrian Christian families to find safety. We are also working in close coordination with local churches in receiving countries to ensure that the families are helped to settle in, learn the language, and find work to support themselves.

“The greatest challenge is finding governments prepared to open their doors to these particularly vulnerable families,” said Dr Patrick Sookhdeo. Wonderfully, the Polish government and churches in Poland have made a superb offer: they will give refuge to Syrian Christian families, if they can get there.

Already 157 people have reached refuge in Poland through Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Havens – but there are others waiting for help. Can you be a part of this solution?

For further information, you can visit:

Barnabasfund.org