This is what feasting looks like in Iraq. Last month I was able to spend five days with the Presbyterian Church in Kirkuk, where they operate a Kindergarten for the community. While I was there, one of our PC(USA) World Mission colleagues came to visit the school and the teachers took the opportunity to […]
A look into the ministry work of the churches and organizations that Scott and Elmarie work closely with.
In February, Elmarie and I were visited by six leaders from Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. —and they brought PRESENTS! Some of you know that I volunteer at Blessed School for kids with disabilities. A lot of our time involves interaction with puppets and doing art therapy. Art projects is really good therapy for these kids, […]
(July 20) This week I’m hosting three church leaders from Wyoming, (Here you see them meeting the woman in the top right, who is a social worker for Syrian & Iraqi refugees). Probably one of the more important things that Elmarie and I do in the Middle East is host small groups of people […]
Strong Women: it takes newfound strength —to make a life in a new country —to keep your family going after losing everything —to push beyond the strict roles you were taught to play —to create bonds with people very different from you —to take big steps in making life better. This is the latest group […]
Two weeks ago we worshipped with the Presbyterian Church in Homs, Syria. These are normal people–who have lost a lot, still have a lot of hurt, and still face an uncertain future–but from them we experienced a deep and sincere JOY–in their singing, their hospitality, their presence. Karl Barth calls joy “The Defiant Nonetheless.”
Elder Marwan is Principal of the School in Homs run by the Presbyterian Church. Before the war in Syria started, they have 1,500 students. Rebels invaded Homs in 2012 and did serious damage to the school. They reopened for the 2012/2013 academic year with 300 students. Today enrollment is over 1,000. What’s sets this school […]
Two weeks ago I got to meet these three leaders with the Presbyterian Church in Homs, Syria. Reverend Mofid is the Pastor of the congregation; Sister Valentine runs the church’s elderly care center; Elder Marwan is the Principal of the School that the church runs in the community: Before the war; During the war; and […]
At the Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs. After returning two years ago, the first month alone was spent picking up broken mosaic tile. Two years later, much of it has been restored. Before leaving, we were invited to light a candle to pray for Syria.
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 […]
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 […]