First Presbyterian Church

in Brookline   10:15 am Sunday Service

32 Harvard St.

Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 232-7962

church@fpcbrookline.org

 

In Lebanon, at the meeting of the Presbyterian Synod , the Syrian pastors stated their commitment to remaining in Syria.  The Presbyterians are encouraging each other to stay in Syria and lead their churches. When the war ends they believe they must be able to say that they had remained all along.  They see their country as the Cradle of the Christian Faith.

 

In Allepo, Syria  the Presbyterian church remains and has grown in spite of half the city being destroyed in the war. Their church had been destroyed and they now meet in a fifth floor office with no electricity. In spite of their circumstances church membership has grown as the church had become a symbol of hope in an area devastated by war.  The Presbyterians have been able to continue to run a school for the Christian and Muslim children of war torn Aleppo.

 

In Damascus the church members face continued shelling from the rebellion in the towns surrounding the capitol.  Like Allepo, the Presbyterians of Damascus believe they have a historic call to maintain their church as center of the Damascus Christian community.

 

In Syria, we met and worshipped with the Presbyterians of the city of Homs.  Homs has been devastated by the war.  Miles of the city, one held by the rebels has been destroyed.  When the rebels held sections of the old city of Homs, they occupied and decimated Orthodox and Catholic Churches and began killing Catholic priest.  The Pastor of the Presbyterian church received a letter from the rebels telling him that his church was next.  The church began to worship at the Presbyterian Nursing Home. The church was occupied by the rebels and they blew up a corner of the roof and vandalized much of the church.  The Presbyterians have committed themselves to repairing the church and worshipping there on this spring.

 

The Presbyterian church leaders showed us the destruction of their church in Homs.  They sang hymns and prayed and dedicated themselves to rebuilding their church and maintaining a strong presence in Homs.  The Presbyterians of Homs maintained the Presbyterian nursing home throughout the worse part of the war.  The private Presbyterian school had to close briefly after it was shelled.  It has reopened and is at about half capacity.  The school has committed itself to the community with the goal of full capacity once again.  The Presbyterian schools have an outreach to Orthodox and Catholic Christians and to Muslims.  In both Lebanon and Syria the Presbyterians see education and the heart of their Christian evangelism and the key to the battle against Islamic extremism.

 

Next:  Beirut <click>

 

First Presbyterian Church in Brookline

32 Harvard St.

Brookline, MA 02445

(617) 232-7962

church@fpcbrookline.org