In 2015, Kobani was the centre in the battle against ISIS. It was also there that US-led forces beat back ISIS terrorists and liberated the city before finally ending the group’s hold over Iraq and Syria. Many of the new converts to Christ say the violence ISIS brought to their region left them disillusioned with Islam. Many Muslims became agnostic or atheist, others turned to Jesus and opened up Kobani’s first church in decades called “Church of the Brethren.” It is the only evangelical church in Kobani. “After the war with ISIS people were looking for the right path, and distancing themselves from Islam,” church founder Omar Firas said. “People were scared and felt lost.”
Firas said approximately 80 to 100 people in Kobani now worship at the evangelical church. “We meet on Tuesdays and hold a service on Fridays. It is open to anyone who wants to join,” he said. Firas founded the church while a new representative form of government in northeast Syria called the “Self Administration of Syria” (SANES) was emerging. The SANES controls a third of Syria between the Tigris and Euphrates River and guarantees freedom of religion to all of the 4 million people within its borders. Firas told CBN News his church would never have been allowed under ISIS. “We can express our rituals with complete freedom,” he said.
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