|% Urban:||56.1 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||31.1 %|
|Literacy Rate:||86 %|
|Life Expectancy:||72.1 yrs (132/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||151 / 189|
|% Christian:||6.3 %|
|% Evangelical:||0.1 %|
|% Largest Religion:||90 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||19|
|% Unevangelized:||51 %|
|Persecution Ranking:||12 / 50|
As though its travails were not enough, Syria was hit hard by the powerful earthquakes of February 2023. The worst-struck regions were already devastated by civil war. Millions may have been affected by damage to buildings. The various factions holding different areas and the hostile terrain means that getting aid to places of need is made even more difficult. Reconstruction – if and when it happens – will face the same challenges. In the aftermath of the destruction, there are those who spread darkness; women and children are particularly vulnerable to their predations. Pray that the Lord might constrain lawlessness and wickedness. There are also those who are working in many ways to share the restoration that comes through Jesus. Pray for extraordinary opportunities and fruit for those who seek to be Christ’s hands and feet in Syria.
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