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Nearly 70,000 Slaughtered in Syria

Vernon Brewer
Apr 04, 2013

Recently, I made an emergency trip to the Syrian border—what I saw was unforgettable. And now, I’m pleading for your help.

After nearly two years of civil war and the senseless slaughter of almost 70,000 innocent civilians, the nation of Syria is collapsing . . . millions are fleeing for their lives.

I spoke with refugees who had literally lost everything and everyone. They told me about family members being tortured and shot . . . their friends humiliated and beaten . . . their homes and all their possessions burned to the ground.

Their voices began to break as they told me about the children—maimed, tortured, used as human shields, ripped from their mothers arms—stories that don’t seem important enough to make our news headlines. It’s time for this insanity to stop. We must respond with urgency today, while there’s still time.

Your gift of $20, $50, $100, $500, or more will help provide crucial relief for a refugee family by providing supplies like food, medicine, blankets, heaters, hygiene items, and much more. Without immediate funding, thousands of refugees will not be able to survive the brutal days ahead.

I visited a refugee camp along the Syrian-Jordanian border called Za’atari. Over 80,000 Syrian refugees are crammed into masses of flimsy tents that stretch as far as the eye can see. Proper sanitation is next to impossible; and the steady pounding of rain has caused latrines to overflow. Food and medicine shortages are causing tensions to mount. People are uneasy . . . fearful that a panic-induced riot could erupt at any second.

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Not long after we had arrived, I saw a man hurrying toward me carrying a tiny baby. When he finally reached me, he began to push the baby into my arms, repeating the same words over and over.

I quickly learned that his wife had been killed, and he had been trying to keep his 3-month-old daughter alive by himself in the bitter cold temperatures. He was afraid the baby was dying, and he wanted me to take her so her life might be spared. He was trying to give me his own daughter.

I stood there, stunned. Dear God—This man has just lost his wife, and he’s about to lose his baby too.

He would rather give her to me—a total stranger—than risk having her die in his arms.

I took the man to one of our partners on the ground and promised him we would do all we could to help him and his daughter. And then, with tears in my eyes, I had to walk away as I tried to regain my composure . . . it was a moment I will never forget. I was staring into the face of hopelessness.

We cannot continue to let this crisis defeat the people of Syria any longer . . . not when the lives of millions are at stake. What is it going to take for us to respond? How many innocent Syrians have to die before we do something about this?

Syrian refugeeFear is stealing away all hope for their future. It’s a kind of misery I’ll never fully understand, a sorrow I have not experienced. All I can do is give what I have—my time, my talents, my prayers, and my resources—to lift up my fellow man . . . our brothers and sisters who are begging for someone to reach them with help and hope. Will that person be you? Will you be the answer to a refugee’s prayer today?

  • A gift of $20 will provide food and medicine for a refugee child for one month.
  • A gift of $100 will provide these same necessities for an entire refugee family for one month.
  • A gift of $1,000 will provide food and medicine for 10 refugee families for one month.

Please join me today by sending your most generous gift. The impact your gift makes will mean the difference between life and death for a family, hope and despair for a mother, a future of restoration, or no future at all for thousands of desperate children.

There’s still time to make an immediate difference . . . but we must act now.

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