An international aid organization is preparing the way for some ousted Christians in the Middle East to return to their homes and churches.
Iraq and Syria have been ravaged by wars, and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is among the groups that have been responding and providing assistance with housing, clothing, food, and water, and also with rebuilding homes and churches. ACN spokesman Edward Clancy says 14 churches in the Nineveh area of Iraq are presently being restored.
"There are a lot of churches where roofs were compromised, walls were broken down, windows were broken," he tells OneNewsNow. "In a lot of them, the major damage was interior -- you know, the art, the finishing architecture, the finer pieces. They did a lot of damage or devastated statuaries, statues, altars, tabernacles -- things like that."
In addition to regular church services, Clancy says churches in that region are major meeting halls, and he believes that shows just how much their faith means to them.
"They've been so challenged and have remained so strong for so long," he says. "They don't want to feel abandoned, and that's very important. It's important for us to say these churches have been returned. The people can come together and pray together and also weep to mourn the loss of people that have left, people that have died, and the damage that was done."
Clancy adds that the churches are rebuilt with the anticipation is that more people of faith will return once the conflict ends. And the people will need their homes and churches to help restore their communities.