New York, NY – April 16, 2018
Statement by Bishop Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance
Following the U.S.-led multi-lateral strikes on Syria over the weekend, targeted with precision to destroy chemical weapons with no escalation, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) leadership remains hopeful it will be an isolated incident with no retaliation.
Recognizing complexities that remain, including the ongoing civil war and use of conventional weapons on citizenry, the WEA calls for prayer: that the atrocities committed in Syria - by too many parties to count - and the resulting suffering would come to an end.
We pray for our brothers and sisters, including evangelical and Protestant pastors and their congregations who continue to make a difference in their nation even while they are caught in the crossfire. Further, we call on the Prince of Peace to bring peace in the Middle East and we pray for the leaders of all nations involved as they work to that end. We pray most of all for the millions of innocent individuals and families who have endured so much unnecessary pain for so long, including the more than 7 million Syrian refugees who have been displaced to other countries around the world.
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more info, e-mail [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.