The presence of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) in the Middle East is known for having a spiritual and service-based nature, working eagerly to share the love and justice of God. This can be seen through the Synod’s commitment to being vessels of service and reconciliation. The Synod field of work in Syria and Lebanon includes around 38 churches, 4,000 active members, and more than 20 ordained pastors.
Written by Dr. Mary Mikhael*
Greetings and every blessing from above!
Some of you have received my Easter letter that sounded hopeless even in the season of hope. I have weakened by so many depressing events around Easter. To watch the children suffocating, and the elderly lying helpless, and hear the news of the missiles striking an airport in Syria by order of Mr. Trump, plus other painful stories, were all the source of hopelessness.Read more
Humanitarian Corridors: The Figures of The Protestant Reception System NEV
With these new arrivals, the eighth humanitarian corridor between Italy and Lebanon was carried out thanks to the support of the FCEI, the Tavola Valdese and the Community of Sant'Egidio. Since Last February, 13 flights Beirut-Rome have brought 8 groups of refugees - mostly Syrian - to Italy, for a total of 791 people. Read more...Read more
Resurrection Joy in a Fearful World
Easter Message 2017
From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
“…the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”--Matthew 28:5-8Read more
“As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen…. As he came near and saw the city [of Jerusalem], he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!’” —Luke 19: 37 & 41-42.
In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, his suffering and his death, we watch with sadness and grief the tragic violence of the past several days throughout the Middle East. Our prayers, our solidarity, and our support are with the people of the region, as it remains a place of conflict in which innocent people become victims of senseless and horrible violence, and restrictions.Read more
In the wake of news reports relaying an horrific chemical weapons attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit called for a cultural shift in the region as he expressed deep sympathy to the families of the victims.Read more
Read the latest news and updates on the Middle East Council of Churches in this edition of al-Muntada:
- 2016 General Assembly Recap
- January 2017 Executive Committee Meeting Recap
- Program Updates from Syria, Jordan and Lebanon
World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit joined other speakers at a side event of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 7 March. The speakers, which also included Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, addressed the topic of “Mutual Respect and Peaceful Coexistence as a Condition of Interreligious Peace and Stability: Supporting Christians and Other Communities.”Read more
Written by Dr. Mary Mikhael*
Dear friends and partners in the service of God, may you all be richly blessed.
I would like to thank you sincerely for your continuous prayers and for your support of all the ministries carried on by NESSL. May the New Year 2017 began with much hope on its wings.Read more