Syrian Town is Ground-Zero to Spreading Christianity, Gospel

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“After the war with Islamic State people were looking for the right path, and distancing themselves from Islam,” said Omar Firas, founder of Kobani’s evangelical church. “People were scared and felt lost.” (NBC News photo)

Reuters News – A community of Syrians converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by ISIS for months, and where the tide turned against them four years ago.

The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for Islam pushed them towards their new faith. After a number of families converted, the Syrian-Turkish border town’s first evangelical church opened last year.

U.S. air strikes and Kurdish fighters beat ISIS at Kobani in early 2015, in a reversal of fortune after taking swaths of Iraq and Syria. After years of fighting, U.S.-backed forces ended the group’s control over populated territories last month.

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