Area: 185,180 sq km
Fertile plain on Mediterranean coast; 60% desert in centre and east but crossed by the Euphrates River.
Population: 22,505,091 Annual Growth: 3.31%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 22 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Syrias Antiochan Church was instrumental in initiating mission to the Gentiles (Acts 13). Today, Christians must exercise caution and wisdom in relating to the state and to Muslims. Evangelicals in particular must discern how to effectively share Christ without proselytizing. Biblical training and a loving attitude toward Muslims are essential. Pray that believers might rediscover the zeal and faith of the NT Church of Antioch.
New believers from other backgrounds are increasing in number. Longstanding religious, cultural and spiritual barriers must be overcome. For those who do cross over to Christ, pray for perseverance in persecution, acceptance into fellowship by other believers and growth to maturity. Churches are increasingly willing to reach out. Some positive results are occurring, such as Bible correspondence courses, prison ministry and student outreach. The uprooted thousands who came from Iraq seeking shelter and compassion are particularly responsive.
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