Appeal of the month
How can you bring back the joy of Easter to a country and people that have been devastated in just about every way possible?
For the faithful of Lebanon, you can reach out and support what has been their one source of constant comfort and solace — the Church.
Father Nicolas Riachy is the parish priest of the Church of Saint Saviour, a treasured historic church in Beirut. He has seen the worry, despair, and weariness on the faces of his congregation. He has seen men break down and cry because they cannot support their families, their hope gone. And this young priest has seen, too, the sad exodus of his faithful.
“Around ten percent of the population of this particular suburb have left because they can no longer live in their homes. I can’t do anything to stop them because I can’t offer them the security, which is what they are seeking. There are still people who are remaining hopeful, but every day it gets more difficult,” said Father Nicolas.
What better gift this Easter than rescuing St. Saviour, and churches like it, for the faithful who desperately rely on them?
Your Easter gift is not simply one to repair infrastructure. It will help mend the broken hearts of those who wish to worship, to calm their souls, if only for brief moments of the day.
Thank you. May God bless you with a joyful Easter.