Syria: The Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt didn’t want to leave his Syrian brothers and sisters alone and stood by them in the besieged city of Homs together with 28 other Christians. He had been serving the Syrian church for more than 40 years. Yesterday he was killed by rebels through bullets in his head while working in his garden. He said: “I am going to shine my light for the Lord as long as He deems it right.”

The Jesuit priest and trained psychotherapist, Father Frans van der Lugt has been shot dead in the besieged Syrian city of Homs by a masked gunman.

Van Der Lugt, 72, had been living in the Middle East since 1966. In the 1980s he set up an agricultural project outside Homs where young people with mental health problems could find employment.

Van der Lugt had played a key role in publicizing the plight of the people of Homs.

Homs-based priest Assad Nayyef and the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the gunman first beat the Roman Catholic priest, then shot him dead with two bullets to the head.

The Jesuit died instantly.

Please pray for the Christians in Syria to be surrounded by the glory of God!

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