Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq have been dominated by political and religious conflict, war and violence. However, there is a small but faithful Christian community bringing an extraordinary witness of hope and healing to the Middle East. Turmoil and violence have driven many Christians from the region in recent years, but a number remain and strive to be faithful witnesses in a place where the Christian tradition dates back to the apostolic era.
The Christian churches are working to aid thousands of displaced families of all religious backgrounds, from providing basic life necessities such as food, water, clothing, fuel, rent, and basic medications to helping families rebuild their homes and start their lives again; to providing education to students whose schools have been lost or destroyed; to strategic involvement in developing civil society built around the principles of international law, human rights, and democracy. They are giving a bold and courageous witness of compassion and mercy to the world.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates more than 150 years in the region and maintains close ties with its partner churches, some of which were founded by PC(USA) missionaries. Thanks be to God for our missionaries who serve in the hard places in Jesus’ name.
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