Support for Christians in Syria

 

 

More information about Aid to the Church in Need's projects in Syria can be found here.

 

Support the Christians in Syria

The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011 and continues to this day, has created one of the worst humanitarian disasters since World War II. After eight years of war, Syria literally lies in ruin. Nor are the souls of the people fairing any better. Hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees and countless men, women and children emotionally scarred for life.

While more than 1.5 million Christians lived in Syria before the war, their number has dwindled to around 500,000 in the aftermath. The modest prosperity that many of them had attained before
the war is gone. For most, life has now become about survival. Our aid is provided in close consultation with local Church decision-makers. The bishops and priests, as well as the deacons and sisters in the parishes, know best which families need what form of aid most urgently. Sometimes this is milk, sometimes a rent subsidy, sometimes medicine or clothing.

Perhaps the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, describes the situation best: “The people of Syria no longer seek freedom. They now seek daily bread, water, gas to cook, a few litres of fuel. Then there is the search for a lost brother, sister, parents and friends – a quiet undertaking, full of fear and hope. Finding a shelter for the family in a country in ruins seems hopeless, more like a dream.”

Aid to the Church in Need has been on the ground with the Christians of Syria through this whole crisis. We will not leave our brothers and sisters alone. We will support them as we must with our prayers and our resources. We must continue to provide them with the sure hope that they are not forgotten by God, or by us.

 

 

Learn more about the Syrian situation:

1. Christians of Syria
2. Syria’s Emergency in Figures
3. ACN Aid in Syria

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A Prayer for the People of Syria

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

If you would like to offer a Mass for the situation in Syria you can arrange a Mass here.

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts of Faith

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What is a Gift of Faith? 

A Gift of Faith is a donation given to Aid to the Church in Need in place of a material gift. Arrange multiple Gifts of Faith for children, grandchildren, godchildren, siblings, cousins, co-workers, friends, parishoners, etc. 

You can also arrange a Gift of Faith as a personal act of charity. If someone asks you "What can I get you for your birthday or other special occassion?" You can request a donation to ACN.

We have also created Gifts of Faith cards and envelopes which can be handed out for special occassions. This card lets the recipient/s know that a donation has been made in their honour. Please indicate in the order form if you would like a Gift of Faith card sent to you.

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How do I arrange a Gift of Faith?

1. Select your Gift of Faith
Choose an amount you would like to donate and a project area to support. Watch our Gift of Faith videos by clicking on the images below or Browse our catalogue to read some powerful testimonies about how your donation will make a big difference to suffering and persecuted Christians around the world. 

2. How to Order? 
Fill out the form at the bottom of this page, (as a guideline we have some suggested gift amounts) but you can donate whatever amount you like. You can also give a Gift of Faith over the phone by calling: 1800 101 201.

3. Sending your gift
After arranging your Gift of Faith you will be posted a matching Gift of Faith card/s with an envelope/s or Mass card to pass on to the recipient of the gift. View the cards here.
*Let us know the quantity of cards you require in the donation form below. 
However after you make a donation we will email you a link where you can download and print a PDF version of the Gift of Faith cards.

4. The Power of your Gift 
Your Gift of Faith will help provide practical and spiritual support for our suffering brothers and sisters in the countries where we work. We channel the aid through our key project partners - including bishops, priests, religious sisters and laity in the Church to ensure the support reaches those most in need.

Watch our inspiring videos by clicking on the 'Play video" buttons below:

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