About Our Partner
The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
The Synod of Syria and Lebanon is assisting church families with basic needs: food, medicine, heating fuel, and alternative housing, where needed. But it is also supporting many ministries of those churches: their outreach to displaced and traumatized fellow-citizens who have sought refuge in their cities, a kindergarten, a reconciliation program for teens, a conference for university students, transportation for the elderly to come to church, scholarships for Syrian seminary students. All are examples of the resilience of the Church and its commitment to remain and be “salt and light.” Other partners in the region, such as Bethlehem Bible College and the Middle East Council of Churches, reach out in Christ’s name to Syrian refugees, both Muslim and Christian, who have had to flee to Jordan and Lebanon. A recent Outreach trip to Syria with the profound theme “Come and see, go and tell” revealed so much about the destruction of several cities and congregations. Rev. Yousef Jabbour who is from Aleppo told trip participants this, “When you come to Homs, you must come as Thomas. When you leave Homs, you must leave as John.” We must continue to stand with Syrian brothers and sisters.
With the war winding down, recovery and rebuilding have begun, spiritually, physically and emotionally. 18 Presbyterian congregations still require assistance for life’s basic needs and to facilitate their ministries. The consistent, generous and faithful giving of over 400 churches and individuals has brought both tremendous hope and encouragement.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $50,000 to continue its support of our Presbyterian-family-of-faith in Syria during this difficult time.