Pastor Edward Awabdeh and his wife Rana visited Aleppo. Rana sent the following report:
We came back from Aleppo 3 days ago after a wonderful trip to the city and the surrounding villages. It was an encouraging visit for Edward & I, and we were blessed and excited to see the church fully active on many fronts. We met with believers and church leaders who decided to stay in the city to be witnesses and to help their communities. Great people for such a time, may God bless them all.
The church is still holding its weekly meetings. We were told that the percentage of all Christians who stayed in Aleppo has dropped to 10% only. This is so sad!
The church is helping around 3000 family with food parcels on monthly basis. Teams go to refugee camps and help there with winter stuff and food. We visited one of the camps while there, they lack all means of basic human needs such as water, electricity, food, hygiene, clothing… etc. It’s a heartbreaking situation.
More than 60% of the city is totally distorted. Most ancient sights and old markets were partially or totally destroyed. A few areas (mainly the Christian and wealthy Muslim areas) were affected the least. Aleppo used to be a densely-crowded city, but not anymore!
People find it very hard to provide their basic needs. For months, the city has no electricity nor water. People do buy both. (they buy some electricity from people who own large generators). Prices for food and everything else are beyond the majority’s ability to buy.
It was a tough and a blessed visit combined. It is always wonderful to see the Lord’s hands working in the middle of a chaos and desperation. Yet, it is so sad to see Aleppo in such a miserable and bad situation.