News Updates

Flooding in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon has Hit the Refugee Camps Hard

In mid-January five days of rain and snow destroyed many of the tents in the Syrian refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, compounding the very difficult conditions of refugee life in these camps. Mary Mikhael, Communications Director for the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), sent this prayer:

Lord God Almighty, source of love, peace, hope and forgiveness, we praise your name! We call upon you to have mercy and look with compassion upon Syria and its people. As violence  has caused the loss of lives of many people, and destroyed much of the country's homes and culture, and way of life, we ask you to bring to an end all acts of violence and terror. Lord, so many children lack living in normal homes, sleep hungry, cold and hopeless for tomorrow, will you reach out and rescue all those in danger, and fear.

Lord, we pray that you, with your love and care, give hope, peace and providence for all the Syrian people, so that they may know, worship and glorify your name. For we pray in the name of Jesus the savior. Amen.      

Read more about the flooding here.

NESSL Secretary General Chosen as New President of Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon

In January Rev. Joseph Kassab, Secretary General of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), was appointed as new President of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Churches in Syria and Lebanon. Blessings to Rev. Kassab in this new responsibility. The Supreme Council was founded in December 1937 to represent all the Evangelical communities — 17 denominations — in Syria and Lebanon.

“Evangelical community has been and will remain faithful to its heritage and identity to be open to all human beings, serving them in various ways: spiritual, intellectual, cultural, educational, and social. These services are provided to all without distinction between race, religion, sex or language. This is our identity and this is our history .” — Rev. Habib Badr, member of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Council

Read more about the Supreme Council.

Please note:  There are a number of perspectives on the current crisis in Syria and Lebanon. The US media tend to offer one perspective that is not shared by our partners. On this page are some news articles that provide a broader perspective of what is happening in the two countries, by those who have some experience in the region. We encourage all our followers to take in what views are offered and to think critically, pray, and share with one another, that we might clarify the truth in any matter.