Urgent Update On Humanitarian Assistance To Lebanon - August 30, 2006
As you know the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has undertaken a massive fund raising program in order to assist the people of Lebanon who have suffered, and continued to suffer the consequences of widespread Israeli invasion and bombing.
On July 25, 2006, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP issued an appeal to all parishes and faithful of the Archdiocese to contribute generously to this most worthy cause. Some parishes have responded with generous contributions, for which we are most grateful. For those who have not yet responded, we urge you to do so immediately.
A Lebanese family is given refuge in a gymnasium in Damascus
In advance of the receipt of donations, His Eminence sent, in early August, $100,000 to His Eminence, Metropolitan ELIAS of Beirut, to help with the overflow of refugees that the Archdiocese of Beirut has been comforting and helping. Click here to see a copy of the August 24th letter from Metropolitan ELIAS of Beirut to Metropolitan PHILIP.
Also in early August, His Eminence sent $100,000 to His Beatitude Patriarch IGNATIUS IV in Damascus to assist with the care of more than 200,000 Lebanese citizens who had fled to Syria in the wake of the bombing. This large influx of people caused an emergency need for shelter which was met by the opening of church and school buildings by His Beatitude to house the fleeing people. His Beatitude and the clergy of the Patriarchate are using these funds to meet some of the basic needs of these people and their families.
There is still so much more to be accomplished. By the grace of God, and through your generosity, our assistance to these most needy people will be pleasing to our Lord.