In this context SOS Chrétiens d’Orient decided to join the huge and ambitious project of Monsignor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul: to restore a place of worship to all these families; to allow them to celebrate Christmas 2018 in a church: their church. To show once again to ISIS that nothing can destroy Christianity - this church will be dedicated to the Virgin Mary, just like the one where these families used to go to when they lived in Mosul.
This project is closely linked to the heart of the mission of SOS Chretiens d’Orient, to help Christians in the East to re-establish themselves in their country, ideally in their towns and villages of origin, or where they have been displaced. This is the case for these five hundred families who still cannot return to Mosul without taking immeasurable risks.
The construction of this church began in February 2018. The work is taking place for months now unabated, but one serious problem remains: the funds already invested will not allow this magnificent project to be completed in due course. For SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, this is not acceptable, as above all, the association what we want and hope for these families is that they can celebrate Christmas in their church this year.
So, we call on your generosity. It may not seem much to give $10, $50, $100 dollars, or more, but your contribution could buy a pew or a bench, it may fund a mural or pay the wages of workers who will be hired to complete this church in time. This is very important to us and even more to the hearts of these families.
Having a church at Christmas, after all they've been through, is a strong symbol. For these families a church for Christmas is a hope they could scarcely hope to dream about. Yet, with your help, this Christmas, this dream could come true.