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Despite 24/7 reporting on Syria, there is a horrifying story that has yet to be widely told. Envoy House Publishers and WorldWide Advance have partnered to help proclaim this untold story and lead the charge to do something about it.
The media has extensively reported on the devastating use of chemical weapons and the potential maze of consequences arising from intervention by other nations. However, David Hunt, President of Envoy House Publishers (EHP) and Senior Advisor to WorldWide Advance (WWA) reports on a story that has gone overlooked.
"Syria is predominantly a Muslim nation, but surprising to many is that 10% of the population is Christian. These believers find themselves in virtually a no man’s land between Assad and the rebel forces. We have learned through direct contacts on the ground that under the cover of the civil war, militant factions of the rebels are specifically targeting the Christian population, not only to inflict pain and suffering but also with the goal to wipe out the minority,” says Hunt.
Hunt gives an example of an unimaginable atrocity. A group of young Christian boys were taken by rebels. The militants forced the parents and families to watch as they cut the genitals off the living boys, cast the body parts aside and them subsequently executed every boy.
Hunt adds, “This is absolutely abhorrent and evil beyond human comprehension. And yet no one is talking about this.”
According to direct contacts inside Syria, over 138,000 Christians have fled, leaving behind their looted and burnt churches. In the city of Qusayr, at least 9,000 Christians fled after rebels announced an ultimatum to them through the mosque minarets.
Assist News Service has reported that Sunni cleric Adnan Arour warned, “We will chop you up and feed you to the dogs.”
“We can’t sit by with this happening and so we are taking action and are asking others to join with us,” says Hunt.
EHP and WWA have established a two-prong approach to help meet the enormous needs in Syria. Many of the Syrian Christians have fled to refugee camps in border areas, which are teeming over. EHP and WWA will first provide food and urgent necessities to those in refugee camps as well as supply aid to those still trapped inside the country. Secondly, they will provide spiritual "food" in the form of the Gospel of John, a printed portion of the New Testament, for the suffering believers.
"It's hard to imagine, but when we asked our contacts on the ground there what they wanted us to send them first, they answered, 'the Scriptures.' Before food, they are asking for spiritual comfort in the midst of this terrible situation that is escalating daily. But we have determined that we can’t do one without the other," adds Hunt.
“An evidence of the great spiritual hunger in the entire region is that we were asked by a collaboration of regional Christian leaders to make our “Most Important Story” smartphone app in Arabic a priority. We have now completed it for the region in both Arabic and Farsi and the downloads have been in the thousands. We are now developing the android platform version in Farsi,” says Hunt.
Hunt urges anyone who wants to join in helping this overlooked minority in the midst of horrific circumstances, to go to CLICK HERE to donate.