Christian Kurds Consider Emigrating Due to Lack of Religious Freedom

Nihad leads a crowded Kurdish church service at Horizon’s center in Beirut, Lebanon.
(Photo, caption courtesy of Horizons International)

Syrian Kurds may have disappeared from many global news headlines, but that doesn’t mean their crisis is over. Northern Syria still isn’t safe, but some Kurds are heading back. According to USAID, roughly half of the displaced Kurdish population has returned home so far, though this figure is disputed.

Others remain in Lebanon, home of Horizons International. As local believers help Kurdish refugees, they share the Gospel. Nihad, Horizons’ Director of Kurdish Ministries, says those who become Christ-followers want to reach more of their people for Him.

“Just like Jesus was raising up His disciples and training them so that they could [go] out to plant [churches], that’s what we need to be doing for these Kurdish believers.”

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Why do Kurds need help?

In October, Turkey’s invasion into northern Syria drove more than 200,000 people – many of them Kurdish – into surrounding countries. Those who trekked to Lebanon joined a growing community of Kurdish refugees.

“There’s a big number that… have come to Lebanon in the past year and a half; between 300- and 400,000,” Nihad says. More about Horizons’ Kurdish ministry. “When we serve [Kurds] we try to care for their needs just like [Christ] says in the Bible: ‘I was hungry and you fed Me; I was a stranger and you took Me in’.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth