US Christians Aid Rebuilding of Church in Raqqa, Syria

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People in Raqqa, Syria are recovering from their losses after ISIS was defeated in the state. Syrian and Armenian Christians who lived in the state suffered as many were killed and thousands fled for their lives during the attack of the Islamic terror group.

Supported by the United States, Syrian Democratic Forces defeated ISIS. This opened the city to humanitarian relief. So far, the city had gotten some support from various organizations. Free Burma Rangers was among the support groups.

During that time the group came to the city, the city was still in ruins. The founder of the group, Dave Eubank, had said that his prayer is that the church and the city will rise again. He also appreciated those who have been praying for them.

Presently, there is a new church building which is standing because United States pastor, Tae Pae, from Grace Community Church in Fulton, Maryland, helped in the project.

"I am friends with David Eubank, and he told me he was going to Iraq and Syria and I asked him if he had any needs. And one was particularly rebuilding the church in Syria, and that captured my heart and I wanted to be part of that," Tae said.

Members of Grace Community Church raised $60,000 in assisting to rebuild the church facility. The building was completed and Tae had to come see the structure himself.

Before the destruction of the church, about 150 families worshipped there. However, only 12 Christians are left to fellowship in the church. Apart from Free Burma Rangers, other persons were also instrumental in building the church. While the new church building was rededicated to God, the members prayed that they will have more individuals to fill the church.

One Armenian told CBN News, "After many years we can finally return to being Armenians. I feel like I am a new Christian all over again. Praise God we now have a place to come and worship and make the sign of the cross!"

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