Hope for Syrian Students
in Syria and Lebanon
About Our Partner
The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
The first Presbyterian missionaries arrived in “greater Syria” in 1823. As the Gospel message these missionaries shared was embraced by local communities, new believers came to be known as “Evangelicals” due to their commitment to following Christ daily and solemn devotion to the Scriptures. Eventually, these Presbyterians (Evangelicals) became the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Since the cornerstone of Presbyterian witness in the Middle East was education, healthcare, and evangelism, the missionaries soon established schools, hospitals, and churches. The Evangelical Church in Syria and Lebanon is still known today for the quality of their education and healthcare programs, and many of the finest colleges in Lebanon have Presbyterian roots.
With over 1.2 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon and more than 60% of them children, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon has opened four schools, under the auspices of local Presbyterian congregations, to serve these children who are mostly Muslim and may have never attended school because of the war. Also, some Syrian children, with financial assistance, can attend the regular synod schools in Lebanon. In Syria, Presbyterian university students require help with transportation and housing.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $50,000 to help educate Syrian children and young people, be they refugees in Lebanon or those who remain in war but are preparing for God’s future in their own land.