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URGENT : Assyrian church destroyed in Chicago!

Posted by David Chibo on September 24, 2001 at 03:32:12:


Some important news just reached my inbox.
St. John Assyrian Church of the East, in Chicago, has been attacked andd destroyed last night at around 4 am with an estimated $200,000 US worth of damages.

Things are getting out of hand and quickly.
Jeff, contact our people and churches in Detroit, the rest of you do the same to our other communities in the US and Australia. We need to have volunteers house-sit our churches overnight until this U.S. State department media demonisation of ALL middle Eastern people blows over.

People where-ever you are PLEASE look after yourselves and stand up for and protect not just each other but all Arabs, Muslims and other Middle-Easterners!

The LORD gives and the LORD taketh away!
O, Blessed be the Name of the LORD forever and ever:
I am in tears, and my heart is broken, this morning at 4:00 A.M. I was called to the Church building, the parish of St John, to witness the fire which had been set to destroy our Christian witness in Chicago, As Oriental Catholics we had been warned that a possibility of a superpatriot or some unbalanced feeble suffering soul would try to destroy our Church buildings.

Well, this morning, (4:00 A.M.) the neighbor to the
St John Church telephoned me and informed that fire was shooting out of the roof, and the fire department had been called I fled the comforts of my bedroom arriving on the scene at 4:26 A.M. or so, and was shocked to find the fire-trucks, emergency vehicles, police wagons, the whole schmear! Shortly I was joined by a Parish Council member, who lives just a short distance from The Church.

The damage was quickly assessed with an approximate price of over $200,000.00 in fire and water damages.

Pray for us

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