Zoe, from Open Doors, gave us a moving insight into how the current refugee crisis is affecting Christians in Syria and Iraq. Many pastors, who have got approved visas to emigrate, have chosen to stay ‘to care for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t leave.’ Many are trapped inside Syria, too poor or infirm to escape.
For those who remain, life has just ‘stopped’. No jobs, no schools for their children, no way to start rebuilding their future. Christians are desperately trying to stay and be a light in the darkness.
They are desperate for support from us for a ceasefire and a peace process which recognizes ethnic and religious diversity.
(I am now on my way to the Conservative Party Conference!)