A letter from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL)

What else is waiting for the Syrian Christians?

February 26, 2015


Dear friends, 

We greet you in the name of Him who gives life and hope, Jesus the Christ.

As our Armenian brothers and sisters are commemorating the Hundred Anniversary of the massacre inflicted on them in early 20th century, we watch with great sadness and are stunned by the news of Christian villages in the Northeast of Syria being criminally attacked by ISIS. killing, kidnapping, destroying churches and homes, and causing thousands of families to be displaced.

The Assyrian Christian community have lived in those villages for many centuries, now they are scattered with grief for the lost members, scared for the kidnapped, and seeking shelters in neighboring cities.

As assaults and attacks against the Christians move from onerea to the other we ask, what else must we expect when ISIS moves freely with it's arms behaving as if sent from above to kill and to destroy.....

No one has forgotten the scenes of Maaloula, when it's churches and monasteries where attacked, or the churches and cathedrals in Homs were destroyed, or the Christians leaving their homes to safer areas and being displaced. Now the scene of Christian villages being attacked is renewed.

Indeed there is fear and deep concern among the Christians as well among all who lived in Syria with peace and security.

We Christians must never forget what our Lord said to his disciples," In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I overcome the world."

In the Northeast of Syria we do have Presbyterian churches, especially in Hasakeh and Qamishly. We have been in contact with the pastor and some session members who said, "there are thousands of families who fled the attacked villages. We are trying to provide help with our limited resources."

The pastor continued to say, "people are in a state of fear and caution, most especially in Hasakeh, being so near to the attacked Assyrian villages."

Stories about burned churches, and kidnapping men, women, children, as well as priests create deep concern. What will happen to the kidnapped is a big question, most specially that there is a threat to kill them. O God Almighty please have mercy and intervene. Our hope rests in you alone.

We as the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon abhor all violence against the Christians and against any human being. We are trying to provide help in every way we can to ease the suffering and the pain of so many.

We appeal to all who love peace and justice to cry with us to the God of life and hope for this tragedy to come to an end.

Our friends, please continue to pray with us.

In Christ,

Dr. Mary Mikhael
National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL)

  1. To me it an absolute sin why none of the organize religions pastors & world leaders bring this tragedy to the forefront of our political leaders attention .And none of the pastors are off the hook they should be drilling in parishers head. I mean do we have to live thru another genocide? Who said history repeats itself.

    by Jane Curtin

    April 27, 2015

  2. Give real help to PCUSA account set up to help NESSL: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/E340202/

    by Stephen_Schlarb

    March 6, 2015

  3. We will pray for you and all fellow Christians every day. God Bless You.

    by Bob Osborne

    March 1, 2015

  4. I am praying for those Christians that are suffering because their faith.

    by Isabel Ríos

    February 27, 2015

  5. Please know our prayers are with all of you, our dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Our hearts ache for you and we are horrified at the atrocities that are being committed against you. Members of the American Presbyterian Church USA throughout this nation continually hold you in our prayers. You are not alone. As is promised, God will be your refuge and strength during this time of trial. Hold on to the knowledge that God's grace is sufficient. Peace and courage be with you. Terry Lee Dykstra, Mission Advocate, New Castle Presbytery, Delaware, USA

    by Terry Lee Dykstra

    February 27, 2015

  6. Dear Lord God, please hold Your children securely in Your arms, strengthening and delivering them, meeting their fear in the power of your Holy Spirit. I pray that You will blind the eyes of the enemy and turn their counsel against themselves. In the Righteous Name of Jesus Christ.

    by Dawn Weingartner

    February 27, 2015

  7. Lord have mercy on Mary and all who stand in harms way; all who are terrified and displaced; all who lay down their lives on behalf of others; all who tend to the injured, the orphaned, the bereaved; and for those who no not what they do.

    by Kathryn McLean

    February 27, 2015

  8. Hello Dear Friend from so many years ago!! My heart is filled with sadness as you and our churches face such persecution. We are praying for you all in Syria. Please remember me to our friends from NEST Love,Zora

    by Rev. Zora Ficarra-Cheatham

    February 26, 2015

  9. Dear Mary, I remember you from the study you did for Horizons yearly study guide on Joshua in which you shared the destruction that had occurred several years ago. I am so sorry that the situation has worsened. These troubled countries are in my daily prayers--which are both for an ending of these horrible situations and restoration of the people who live there.

    by lynne castle

    February 26, 2015

  10. Dearest Mary, We DO weep with you for our sisters and brothers in Syria. Please know that across the entire USA Presbyterians are praying and feeling deep solidarity with you and our Middle Eastern family. May God protect you all, and provide new opportunities to bring aobut an ending to this horror.

    by Moderator Heath K Rada

    February 26, 2015