More
    NewsWorldChristianity Growing in Syria In The Wake of ISIS

    Christianity Growing in Syria In The Wake of ISIS

    -

    A town in Syria, once bombarded by ISIS for months, now sees a growing number of families converting to Christianity, reports Israeli news agency, Israel Hayom.

    Many villagers of the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani are leaving Islam for Christianity after they experienced the war and terror brought by a group claiming to fight for Islam.

    After the war with Islamic State, people were looking for the right path and distancing themselves from Islam. —Omar Firas, the founder of Kobani’s evangelical church

    “After the war with Islamic State, people were looking for the right path and distancing themselves from Islam,” said Omar Firas, the founder of Kobani’s evangelical church. “People were scared and felt lost.” Firas revealed that about 20 families, or 80 to 100 people, worship in church.

    Maxim Ahmed, a convert, shared that he met Kurdish and Turkish Christians when he sought medical treatment in Turkey. “They seemed happy and all talked about love. That’s when I decided to follow Jesus’s teachings.”

    Zani Bakr, the church’s 34-year-old pastor arrived in Kobani last year. He explained that the IS used religious conflict as the cause of the war which led many Syrians to lose their trust in religion and became atheist or agnostic.

    However, many criticized the new Christian converts in Syria, saying they just adhered to a new faith for personal gain. Critics claimed that the apostates get easy access to aid provided by Christian groups and possible help to emigrate to Europe.

    “Many people think that they are somehow benefiting from this, maybe for material gain or because of the perception that Christians who seek asylum abroad get preferential treatment,” said Salih Naasan, a former Arabic teacher.

    Christianity is a religious minority in Syria and followers are usually targeted by militants. Recently, at least five people were killed after the rebels attacked the town of Al-Sqaylabiyeh, reports Independent Catholic News. The militants fired missiles on the town where the majority of residents are Orthodox Christians. The attack killed at least four teenagers and their teacher.

    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@onechristianvoice.com.

    Latest news

    Christianity Endures in Afghanistan Despite Taliban Rule

    Christianity appears to be growing in Afghanistan despite the Taliban takeover for a year now.

    Stunt Bikers Spread the Gospel Worldwide

    Action Sports Outreach (ASO) was in Festival Manchester with a mission to share their faith as they do artistic twists and jumps with their bicycles.

    Indonesia Boosts Digital Evangelism

    Hundreds of communication leaders in Indonesia gathered in Bali to reinforce digital evangelism in the country.

    Gospel Reaches 100 Million People Thru Billy Graham Online Ministry

    Over 100 million people worldwide have encountered the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) internet evangelism ministry called Search for Jesus.

    5 Organizations in FL Honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces

    Five organizations in Florida were named as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the first half of 2022.

    ‘Lifemark,’ the Kendricks’ latest movie, perfectly captures the emotions of adoption 

    Editor’s note: This monthly series, “5 Family-Friendly Things,” spotlights five family-friendly entertainment choices on film, DVDs, streaming or television. Filmmakers...

    Must read

    Christians Denounce Greene’s Call for Christian Nationalism

    Thousands of Christians in the US signed a petition denouncing a lawmaker's call for Christian nationalism.

    Christian Groups Condemn Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    More than 80 Christian groups in the US condemned the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In a letter signed by 83 faith-based groups, it called the Senate to oppose the said bill which they claim is an attack on people of faith.

    You might also likeRELATED
    Recommended to you