In Syria, as you might expect, pictures of President Assad are plastered everywhere. In addition to the posters and banners put up by the government, many Syrians show their support by displaying images of the President on the back windows of their cars. This one has Assad on the right, with the caption “Lion on […]
When Elmarie and I travel in the Middle East, we are always in the very good hands of our various Partners, such as the National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon (NESSL), who take our safety very seriously. Throughout the weekend, we escorted by and watched over by soldiers in the Syrian Army. They were […]
Our first day in Syria, Elmarie and I had the special treat of spending time with our dear friend Layal Jarrouj, a young mom and writer who works on the behalf of displaced Syrians.
It was so good being back in Syria after nearly a year since my last visit. On the first day, I received special gifts from two very dear friends: from Layal Jarrouj, my sometimes-writing-partner, I received a tray of candied fruits, a traditional delicacy here. From Houda Madani Boghos, I was given a bottle of […]
The most powerful & important pictures I can share with you from my time in Homs are NOT the images of the destruction (and there is that), but rather the ART–painted in the streets by residents after they returned in the Spring of 2014 after three years of exile while extremists held the third largest […]
I didn’t realize the full impact of this pic until editing it, when Elmarie pointed out the child’s drawing and bullet holes in the background. This weekend, we saw life and resilience rising out of huge loss and suffering.
One of the highlights of the conference for the Synod of Syria and Lebanon a few weeks ago was hearing Rola Sleiman speak. This woman has been pastor of the Evangelical/Presbyterian Church in Tripoli since 2008. Tripoli is a volatile area, but Rola and her church are faithful, active, and have strong relationships with their […]
A few weeks ago, on our way back from the refugee school in Rayak, we stopped at a spice shop and saw these kids waiting for their parents. Of course I carry finger puppets with me at all times, so you can guess the rest. Got to know this great young family. I love these […]
Got to visit this school for Syrian Refugees in Rayak, Lebanon. Like the others I’ve visited, this school is specifically helping kids learn to read and write for the very first time. We played with puppets and each one wanted to learn to use the camera. They are all Shiite Muslims. Thanks for the great […]