The Nation of Syria

 

Syrian Arab Republic

  • Population – 22.5 millionsyria1
  • Capital – City of Damascus (2.5 million)
    • Other cities in the news:
    • Aleppo (3 million)
    • Hims (1 million)
    • Population Statistics
    • Living in cities – 55%
    • Under the age of 15 – 35%
    • Life expectancy – 74 years

People Groups

  • Arab – 90%
  • Syrian Arab – 67%
  • Alawi – 8%
  • Bedouin – 7%
  • Palestinian 3%
  • Druze – 2%
  • Other Minorities
  • Kurd – 6.7%
  • Dom Gypsy – 1.6%
  • Armenian – 0.9%
  • Turk / Turkmen – 0.9%

Languages

  • Official language – Arabic
  • All languages – 22
  • Indigenous languages – 16
  • Languages with Scripture
  • 3 with complete Bible
  • 3 with just New Testament
  • 4 with portions of the Bible

Religion and the State

  • Since independence from France, Syria has been a secular state
  • Islam (Muslim) recognized as the religion of the majority
  • There is some religious freedom for non-Muslims by law but really not in practice

Religious Groups

  • Muslim – 90%
  • Christian – 6.34%
  • Made up of 31 different groups
  • Other (Druze, others) – 2.25%
  • Non-religious – 1.40%
  • Baha’i – 0.01%
  • Born Again – 0.30%

Once Christian…

  • History shows us that this was once a Christian area
  • Acts 13 – church of Antioch was in current day Syria and very evangelistic
  • Armenians living there – Armenia was first “Christian nation”
  • Christians there and strong long before the Muslim “invasion” of recent decades

FAMILY

  • The small born again church in Syria are part of our worldwide family in Christ
  • They need us to stand with them in prayer
  • As you watch world news remember that they are depending on us for support and encouragement…

Prayer for Syria

  • The civil war in Syria
  • More than 2 million refugees who have fled the war
  • Moderate Muslims (Sunni) are shifting towards fundamentalist expressions of their faith
  • Jobless rate among youth is about 25% so makes them “radicals”
  • Born again Christians found in cities – few, if any, in towns and villages
  • Leaders and people to be trained to reach the lost
  • Wisdom for believers as they reach out to Muslims – cannot ‘evangelize’
  • Those who convert to Christ because they are seriously persecuted when they do
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