Homs Relief Effort
Dearly Beloved in the Lord:
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
It has been one year since the unrest in Syria began. Members of our Syriac Orthodox Church, like all the citizens of Syria, are going through difficult times. Residents of the city of Homs are especially affected. So far more than two dozen Suryoye have been killed and hundreds of families forced to flee their homes and take refuge with other family members and friends in the surrounding villages. Our Archdiocese in Homs has been providing food, shelter and other assistance to our community.
During this Holy Season of Lent we are appealing to your generosity and Christian love, and asking you to contribute to a special collection which has been organized as a relief effort. The collection will be held on March 25th, the Sunday of the Good Samaritan, and April 1st, the Sunday following. We will channel your contributions through Our International Christian Outreach (Suryoyo Relief Fund) directly to our Church in Homs.
As Christians, St. Paul reminds o our duty to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters who are in need. He writes to the believers in the city of Corinth about a collection for the brethren in Jerusalem saying: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you mush do also: On the first day of the let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper.” (1 Corinthians 16:1,2).
We ask the Almighty to bless you and reward you many folds this, your special offering, to help your brothers and sisters in their time of need.
Yours in Christ,
Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim