At the Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs. After returning two years ago, the first month alone was spent picking up broken mosaic tile. Two years later, much of it has been restored. Before leaving, we were invited to light a candle to pray for Syria.
A few weeks ago, I met these Damascus University students during breakfast at the hotel outside of Homs. They were very excited to meet an American, insisted that I join them at their table, and were just fantastic, gracious people to be with. It turns out that they are visiting the historical sites of Syria […]
Father Frans Van Der Lugt is a Dutch Jesuit Priest who had lived in Syria since 1976, where he was loved by Christians and Muslims alike, and known as an advocate for the disabled and bridge-builder between faith and ethnic groups. When the people of Homs fled the violence of Daesh/ISIS in 2011, he insisted […]
Construction workers rebuilding a Christian school in Homs, Syria
We met these families displaced from Homs, now living in Mashti al Helo. As they shared their experiences and concerns about the future, a man with a Bible left his seat and took a place in front of the group. But instead of listing off his needs and grieviances, he kneeled on the ground, and […]
Message scrawled on the door of a house in Homs speaks volumes. After three years of occupation by extremists, displaced residents were able to return in Spring of 2014. So far, about 400 families have returned.
This painting from Homs shows two Mosques, a Catholic Church, and the Protestant/Presbyterian Church–all four built next to one another, all four living in peace together for decades. All four were significantly damaged in the war.
This church in Homs was renowned for its beauty, the place everyone to have their wedding. Somehow, it still looks beautiful. I am told they plan to rebuild it.
This are a few of the mosques bombed by militants in Homs–a reminder that Muslims, too, are being impacted by this disease of extremism.