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- We’ll be working with Rev. Elmarie Parker, the Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker and regional liaison to Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Elmarie has spoken at the church twice over the past few years, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to set up a trip with her, so we’re excited to finally make it happen!
- This trip will continue our focus on the global refugee crisis, working with and learning from the Middle East Council of Churches, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and others on their response efforts. The actual schedule will be not be in place until closer to time due to the constant changing situation, but once the team is in place we will discuss the different possibilities and prepare for them. The groups we’re working with operate medical dispensaries, a trauma resiliency program, and other medical and social services for refugees in the area.
- Much of the trip will be learning from and supporting the church’s partners there in the greater Beirut area, with the potential of going to other parts of Lebanon
- Additional opportunity: the Annual Gathering of the Syria Lebanon Partnership Network (SLPN) is at the Calvin Center near Atlanta, GA, September 17-19, 2019. The keynoter will be one of this country’s prolific writers in Middle East affairs, Dr. Joshua Landis, who is the Sandra Mackey Chair of Middle East Studies and Director of the Center of Middle East Studies at Oklahoma University. Elmarie, as well as other partners from PCUSA World Mission in Louisville, partner USA churches, and individuals who especially support Syria and Lebanon in various ways will be in attendance. We’ll learn about the current situation in those countries and hear first-hand about the work our partners are doing and how we can continue to join with them in that work. http://www.syrialebanonpn.org/who-we-are