I want to begin by reiterating that I am a devout Christian and a son the ACOE. What I am about to say is for the good of all and not just meant to critique or look unfavorably upon anyone. It severely pains to see all of my Catholic and Protestant Assyrian compatriots here in Los Angeles turn our church into a laughingstock. What hurts me more is that they aren’t lying, even though Catholic and Protestant churches refuse to even step up and help out, but only criticize the ACOE. So I want to point out where the ACOE is going wrong with this and how it can correct itself. I think that there should definitely be tremendous pressure right on our churches, and specifically the ACOE, to fund the NPU. The people want the church to help our people. I think that not just 10%, but at least 50% of all church income should have been directed to ACERO as soon as the ISIS crisis began. This should be going on right now. Furthermore, after the NPU was formed, they should have said that they would direct 5-10% towards the NPU, because they are the only thing standing between our people a new Simele or Seyfo right now. They should have then put the other 40% or whatever towards funding ACERO in the refugee crisis. Believe me, the only thing we need right now is for solvent and financially sustainable churches, we don’t need profits or bigger churches or remodeled churches or more luxurious and opulent churches. That mistake was what prevented the property of the church from becoming multipurpose to serve the needs of the Assyrian community, the only focus was on remodeling and making everything more radiant. The church itself is a necessary part of the property and should function only as a spiritual and hallowed ground. I would understand expanding it to fit in more people, but all we kept seeing was remodeling and rebuilding to make things look grander and God forgive me, more grandeur. What difference does it make if the floor is entirely slabs of marble or just some ceramic tiles from Home Depot or carpet? Does it matter if the ma’apra the priest is wearing is silk or just some common fabric? Must the dapa be made of quartz or is just some nominal wholesale chunk of granite sufficient? We have priests and deacons living in million dollar estates and wearing designer clothing/shoes and driving cars worth six figures. This is not right, the people are suffering in the Motherland. We have priests who spent this past New Year at an all-inclusive villa in Cabo San Lucas with their family when Assyrian people are homeless and hungry and cold in refugee camps. This is not the first time, we have about destinations ranging from Cancun to Rio de Janeiro and even Venice. This is a joke. I was watching RT a few days ago and they were showing Syrian Christian refugees who have fled ISIS and are now on the border with Turkey. They were almost naked and barefoot, emaciated, and walking around in frigid temperatures. I almost fainted when I saw it all so raw. I felt guilty that I have central heating and sufficient food and proper clothing. How can we not expect those who claim to be living to serve Christ not walk their own talk? If hypocrisy is supposed to me immoral and wrong, doesn’t that apply to all? The place where the money is in our Assyrian community is the church, and we should not just expect but demand that churches help those in suffering and safeguard them. If they don’t, we should hold them accountable.