Don’t offer Iraqi Christians visas, help them, says BMS World Mission trustee Nabil Costa. The West should be helping Christians to stay in the Middle East, not offering them visas to escape, says BMS trustee Nabil Costa.
Nabil, who is Executive Director of BMS partner the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development (LSESD), is calling on Christians in the West to not only pray for the situation but also to lobby their governments to “empower the Christian presence in the Middle East” following the advance of militant group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. He is totally against the recent offer of some European and Western governments to offer visas for Iraqi Christians.
Iraqi refugees have recently arrived in the Chaldean diocese of Beirut. Photos courtesy of LSESD) (Photos:
N.B. This article was first published online on BMS World Mission on August 21, 2014