Two weeks ago we worshipped with the Presbyterian Church in Homs, Syria. These are normal people–who have lost a lot, still have a lot of hurt, and still face an uncertain future–but from them we experienced a deep and sincere JOY–in their singing, their hospitality, their presence. Karl Barth calls joy “The Defiant Nonetheless.”
Elder Marwan is Principal of the School in Homs run by the Presbyterian Church. Before the war in Syria started, they have 1,500 students. Rebels invaded Homs in 2012 and did serious damage to the school. They reopened for the 2012/2013 academic year with 300 students. Today enrollment is over 1,000. What’s sets this school […]
Two weeks ago I got to meet these three leaders with the Presbyterian Church in Homs, Syria. Reverend Mofid is the Pastor of the congregation; Sister Valentine runs the church’s elderly care center; Elder Marwan is the Principal of the School that the church runs in the community: Before the war; During the war; and […]
Hanging out with kids whose families have returned to Homs. Finger Puppets were a hit.
Images from the streets of Homs. The streets are very clean, meaning there is a lot of pride and sense of future among the residents. The man in the poster is the President’s brother, who is a war hero and the equivalent of Special Forces.
At the Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs. Our host took us down into the tunnels, where there is a worship space that the first Christians used as early as 50 AD. So much important history here to preserve
Posters like these are common in cities like Homs. If you were to ask who the people are, you would hear (the Arabic equivalent of) the word “HEROES.” Soldiers who have lost their lives in war are called heroes. These men were soldiers in the Syrian Army. The red symbol is used by the the […]
For this family, having us in their home for coffee was a big deal–one of the first times they’ve been able to do it since 2011, when they fled Homs. They returned three years later (after Dash/ISIS fled the city), but their home was unlivable and all their belongings burned. After a bomb had torn […]
If you’re going to make your home somewhere, you want some decent places to eat nearby. People are coming back to Homs to try and rebuild their lives. Cello restaurant first opened in 2011 about 3 weeks before the war started–not much of a grant opening. Georges, the original owner’s cousin, is working to keep […]