Meeting to Launch Syria Lebanon Mission Network

Pauline Coffman with Rev. Samuel Hanna, Rev. Salam Hanna and Rev. Boutros Zaour  Asis Samuel was pastor of the church in Homs which was destroyed. Salam pastors the 1,000 member church in Latakia, Syria, and Boutros pastors the large Presbyterian Church in Damascus which we visited.

Pauline Coffman (second from left) with Rev. Samuel Hanna, Rev. Salam Hanna, and Rev. Boutros Zaour Asis. Samuel was pastor of the church in Homs which was destroyed. Salam pastors the 1,000 member church in Latakia, Syria, and Boutros pastors the large Presbyterian Church in Damascus which we visited.

An Organizing Group mainly from the Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery has called a meeting for April 3 – 5, 2014 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to re-start the Syrian Lebanon Mission Network (SLMN). The Christians from Syria and Lebanon are greatly affected by the Syrian conflict and have asked for the support of their Ecumenical Partners.

Pauline Coffman attended a Consultation called by the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon in Lebanon, January 12 – 22, 2014 and heard from Syrian and Lebanese pastors and Synod leaders of their current reality. Several churches have been destroyed in Syria. Lebanon, a country of about 4 million people, is dealing with another 1 million refugees now. Syrian Christians are scattered and meeting in homes where possible.

The group of about 25 partners and friends traveled to Damascus and had a surprise visit with President Bashir Al Assad where they emphasized their hope for an end to violence and a negotiated peace settlement.

To get information and registration materials for the SLMN meeting in Louisville, contact Pauline Coffman at: p.coffman@sbcglobal.net

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