Dedicated Christian Leader Killed in Homs, by Katey Hearth, at Mission Network News
"Desperation is growing for Syrian believers in Homs. Their spiritual leader Father Frans van der Lugt was killed Monday by a masked gunman. No group has claimed the attack, and the reason for van der Lugt’s death is still unknown.
"Jerry Dykstra of Open Doors USA says it’s a tough loss for the handful of Christians left in this besieged city.
“.He was the one who helped the elderly and disabled, tried to get food into that area, and was a spokesman for the Syrians on an international basis,” explains Dykstra.
"Once home to some 60,000 Christ-followers, Homs has been steadily stripped of most of its believers by Syria’s three-year civil war. Van der Lugt’s dedication gave believers hope; though he could have safely evacuated the city in February, the Jesuit priest refused to leave."