"As the crisis continues in its fourth year, Christian workers persevere in bringing spiritual and physical aid to the refugees and call on the church to keep praying and keep giving to these efforts.
"'We have a God-given moment in history," Don Alan,* a Christian worker in the Middle East, said. "Will we be cowards and shrink back, or will we play the role that God is calling us to? I pray that you [the church] will stand with us as we respond to this window of opportunity that we have been privileged to be a part of."
"The Syrian crisis began in the spring of 2011 with protests against the government that escalated into a civil war. Since then, countries surrounding Syria -- Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt -- have been flooded with Syrian refugees seeking asylum.
"In the last four years, the conflict has displaced more than 6.5 million people within Syria and killed more than 150,000.
"As the numbers continue to rise, workers seek to keep their focus on the individual people around them, sharing the Gospel with refugees as they meet their physical needs..."