Syria (Christian Aid Mission/Mission Network News) — The Islamic State’s use of brutality as a way to force Christians to renounce their faith is only escalating. But besides physical danger, there is another issue threatening the work of faithful Christians in Syria: trauma.
*Aafa, a missionary supported by Christian Aid Mission, recently learned of the torture and murder of 11 indigenous missionaries he had trained and baptized, as well as a 12-year-old boy. He encouraged the missionaries to flee, but they chose to stay.
“You feel like you’re a parent over them. You’re a spiritual father over them,” says Steve Van Valkenburg, the Middle East director for Christian Aid Mission. “Then to see them crucified, it’s not easy. And communicating with the mission leader, it’s been some time since it happened, and he’s getting better; he’s still processing it.”