Thanks for your generous response to our appeal on behalf of the relief efforts of the National Evangelical [Presbyterian] Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Since February 2012, we have sent over $70,000 for the needs of Presbyterian families who have been displaced or adversely affected by the ongoing conflict there. Twenty of the thirty congregations of the Synod are located in Syria.
Unfortunately, the conflict has severely damaged several churches, disrupted the ability of congregations to come together for worship, and affected hundreds of families who have had to flee the fighting, leaving behind their homes and their livelihoods.
With the conflict now extending into Aleppo and Damascus, where two of the larger Presbyterian churches are located, the needs of the Synod are increasing. Many more Presbyterian families await help to meet the basic needs of food, medicine, housing, and school fees. Additionally, with colder weather setting in, expenses for heating fuel are adding to the burden of many whose jobs have been suspended or businesses closed.