‘The true meaning of Christmas’

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The church giving gifts that really last

In the Syrian city of Tartus, Pastor B’s church won’t be celebrating Christmas with trees, decorations and lights this year. For many Syrians, the horrors of persecution and war have left many deeply traumatised. So instead of decorations, the church is celebrating Christmas by doing something far more sensitive and beautiful. They are giving gifts of love and sharing the story of Christ to those most in need.

“We celebrate by our church members bringing things to give to the children who don’t have anything,” explains Pastor B. “We go to the camps and we do a play for children. We talk to these children about how Jesus fled like them, and how God protected him the same way he is protecting them now.”

Every month, Pastor B’s church helps over 2,000 families with the support of Open Doors. “When we present the gifts, they are brought from the children in the church. This brings joy to the families in the church who learn that the true meaning of Christmas is to go and help those who are in need. This is one beautiful thing at Christmas.”

Please Pray:

  • Thank God for Pastor B’s church and other Open Doors partners giving joy to people this Christmas
  • That Syrians who are displaced or hurting over Christmas will know God’s comfort and peace
  • That the Good News of Christ will be heard by all those families in need who are relying on support from the church.

“What I found with you, I did not find anywhere else”

One day, a Muslim family came to Pastor B’s church who had just fled Aleppo. The children were so traumatised, the son would bang his head against the wall and the girl’s hair had fallen out. With support from the church, they received trauma care. Now, they are restored. They are making friends and are settling in.

“We prayed with the mother and encouraged her,” says Pastor B. “She told us: ‘What I found with you, I did not find anywhere else and I want this peace. I want my children to grow up and to believe in what you believe.'”

Open Doors works through local partners and churches like Pastor B’s across Syria – in 2016 we were able to provide support for 12,000 families each month with both long-term and short-term support, including food packages and blankets, and trauma care and micro-loans.

Here are three ways you can support churches like Pastor B’s to bring hope to the Middle East this Christmas:


With many thanks for your prayers,


Lisa Pearce
CEO Open Doors UK & Ireland

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I am an author and broadcaster. In January 2013 I very nearly died but our Father God healed me and I am still alive to tell the tale! I have written/edited several books about the Bible, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. My future ministry is focused on outreach. I do not just want to preach to the converted but to many people 'out there' who do not know Jesus as their Saviour and who are in great need of His love and compassion. Praise be to the Lord our God, our Heavenly Father

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