europe: September 17, 2014

Situation in Syria

Though geographically in Asia the CE union of Lebanon and Syria joined recently the European region, because being part of the Armenian Evangelical Church they feel culturally close and in fact the distance to Europe is less than to the next Asian CE unions.

As the news inform daily the situation in Syria is terrible. The war is destroying everything. Please continue to pray for all the Christians and everybody else suffering in this situation. Pray for peace and mercy. Some time ago reports from the besieged town of Aleppo said endeavorers keep the children busy with an on-going Vacation Bible School. The president of the CE union in Syria and Lebanon, WCEU Trustee Rev. Raffi Messerlian wrote some time ago from Lebanon: “We are ok. As CE we are busy with the summer camps. We started running our renovated camp site in KCHAG. We already had our Junior Camp where about 70 junior campers attended. Next week we will have a camp for children and we are expecting 90 children. Than from August 22 to Sept 1 we will have our youth camp in Armenia. The total number of youth participating is 65 with leaders. We are so excited about that and we have been planning it since one year. The camp site KCHAG was occupied by the Syrian army for years and destroyed. Many years we were trying to renovate it. Last years after raising some money we succeeded in doing big renovations which gives us the possibility of hosting about 80 campers. This is open for our groups and also for other church groups in Lebanon. Of course still there are works to be done there in the future.”

September 17, 2014, 10:38 h by Reported by Andreas A. Rudolph, General Secretary.