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Muslims Convert To Christianity In Syrian Town Once Besieged By ISIS

JNN News, April 18, 2019

A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by ISIS for months, and where the tide turned against the terrorists 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. ISIS terrorists were beaten back by USA airstrikes and Kurdish fighters at Kobani in early 2015 after taking over swaths of Iraq and Syria. After years of fighting, USA-backed forces fully ended the group's control overpopulated territory last month. Christianity is one of the region's minority faiths that was persecuted by ISIS. "After the war with ISIS people were looking for the right path, and distancing themselves from Islam," said Omar Firas, the founder of Kobani's evangelical church. "People were scared and felt lost." Firas works for a Christian aid group at a nearby camp for displaced people that helped set up the church. He said around 20 families, or around 80 to 100 people, in Kobani now worship there. They have not changed their names. "We meet on Tuesdays and hold a service on Fridays. It is open to anyone who wants to join," he said. The church's current pastor, Zani Bakr, 34, arrived last year from Afrin, a town in northern Syria. He converted in 2007. (J.Post)

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