The Central Committee of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) at an emergency meeting in Beirut on August 5, 2020, expressed its profound sadness in the aftermath of the massive explosion in Beirut on August 4, devastating not only a huge portion of the city, but further debilitating an already overburdened country.
The UAECNE asks churches worldwide to fervently pray for Lebanon, and to support in any ways possible the work of NGOs, governments and other organizations, in order to assist the country to emerge from its multiple challenges and difficulties. Homes, businesses, schools, churches and institutions are all in need of rebuilding. Especially we ask for prayer for the physical and emotional healing of a demoralized people, who see little reason for hope after so many crises. For its part, the UAECNE will be working through its local institutions and wider community to reach out and offer support as much as is possible at this time.
We express our thanks to the many ecumenical partners who immediately shared their words of solidarity and have offered their spiritual and material support to the Union. May the Spirit of Christ dwell in us richly as we serve as his witnesses in this time of pain.
Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East
Beirut, August 6, 2020