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For information about Presbyterians serving in Lebanon, please contact the office for the Middle East and Europe

Click here to donate to PC(USA) partners in Lebanon as they continue to serve during the current conflict.


NEWS

The Near East School of Theology (NEST) offets a 12-week Pastors Sabbatical program biannually. The next one will from from mid-September to mid-December 2014.  One of NEST’s partner churches has offered up to TWO scholarships for pastors from anywhere around the world to participate in this program.  See the attached brochure for more information. If  interested, write as soon as possible.

Syrian young adults ask the world to join them in worldwide prayer at 5 pm EDT on Friday, April 11
The prayer event, “Together for Peace in Syria,” aims to send a message to the world about the power of peace—and to nourish the spirit of love in Syria to prevail—despite the pain of a three-year proxy war. Many team members of the Syrian Multimedia Youth Teambelong to PC(USA) partner churches and are leaders within the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon.

Two PC(USA) leaders briefed in meetings with Syrian, Lebanese partners
Listening to and learning from partners on the ground was important.
Visit to troubled region included conversation with Bashar al-Assad.

More than survival:  Leader of PC(USA) Partner Seminary in Lebanon Speaks on Struggles of Middle Eastern Christians

Syrian refugees worried as UN cuts back its food aid in Lebanon
Lebanon, now home to nearly 700,000 Syrian registered refugees, is stretched to breaking point.  The UN is beginning to prioritize the most vulnerable.

A letter from Rev. Fadi Dagher,  General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
We urge the international powers to refrain from the use of power against Syria…

Dr. Mary Mikhael of the Synod of Syria and Lebanon is in the United States this September and October to discuss the Syrian Crisis and its effects on our partners. To invite her to speak to your congregation, please call (502)569-5324.

Watch a video as Rev. Fadi Dagher and  Rev. Nuhad Tomeh speak about the ministry of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and other partners of the PC(USA) during these days of violence and turmoil.


Christian history in Lebanon goes back to the days when Christ visited south Lebanon during his public ministry. Until the early 1970s Christians comprised the majority of the Lebanese population but at present they constitute less than 45 percent.

Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East in which religious freedom is constitutionally protected.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) involvement in Lebanon began in the early 1800s, through missionaries from the Reformed tradition who worked there in education and health care. In 1956 the national church, known as the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, assumed total charge of the ministries of the Presbyterian churches.

See further information on the Syria page

At present PC(USA) involvement in Lebanon is through mission personnel working with traditional partners in the country: the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), the Near East School of Theology (NEST), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and the Jinishian Memorial Program.

PC(USA) Mission History in Lebanon (and Syria)

Read more for a complete history and overview.

Partner churches

National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
Begun in 1823, the NESSL is one of the earliest active and continuing overseas mission outreaches for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Through this mission Presbyterian churches throughout Syria and Lebanon were planted. The entire Bible was translated into Arabic and printed in that language for the first time. World-class educational institutions were established; for example, the American University at Beirut, Beirut College for Women [now a full university known as Lebanese American University] and some 20 elementary and secondary schools. Health institutions (e.g., Hamlin Hospital) and other ministries were started and have continued to flourish. The church is challenged with rebuilding its membership after a 17-year civil war in Lebanon and devastating conditions resulting from recurring Middle East conflicts.

Front entrance of the Dhour El Choueir Camp and Conference Center during the day.

Dhour El Choueir Camp and Conference Center. Dhour El Choueir, Lebanon.

The NESSL owns and operates an excellent conference center known as Dhour El Choueir Conference Center. Located in a gorgeous area of the mountains east of Beirut, this is the original camp and conference site of the Presbyterian Mission in Syria and Lebanon. The center is now fully renovated after nearly total destruction during the civil war (when it had been occupied by warring factions). Today the center is throbbing with activities for children, youth, women and families. It is also a popular location for conferences and retreats. The Synod considers Dhour El Choueir Conference Center to be a major locus for continuing education of clergy and laity. Note: If you would like more information on Dhour El Choueir Conference Centeravailability, rates, etc.please contact Najla Kassab or visit the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon website.

A building on the campus of Hamlin Hospital during the day.

One of the buildings on Hamlin Hospital’s lovely campus. Hammana, Lebanon.

 The NESSL also owns and operates Hamlin Hospital, an institution of distinction in the area of health care. Hamlin Hospital was originally an emphysema clinic located in the cool, fresh air of the mountains just east of Beirut. Later Hamlin also developed into a mother and child hospital. During the civil war it served Lebanon as a general emergency hospital. Hamlin Hospital is now reconstituting itself as a specialty hospital for geriatric nursing and other services in accordance with the emerging needs of its mountainous location.

Support PC(USA)'s partnership with the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon.

Partner organizations

Near East School of Theology
The Near East School of Theology (NEST) is a high-level theological seminary located in Beirut. With roots tracing all the way back to 1835, NEST was actually founded in 1932 with the merger of two theological schools: one from Turkey and one from Lebanon. “From the beginning NEST has always been multi-national, multi-confessional, and multi-cultural,” (George F. Sabra, “Truth and Service: A History of the Near East School of Theology,” Librarie Antoine: 2009, p. 125) serving Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Lutherans and Episcopalians from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine/Israel, Turkey, Iran and several African nations. NEST is committed to providing top-quality education and training to Arab, Armenian, other Middle Eastern, African and European church leaders. NEST prepares individuals for pastoral, academic and other church leadership positions throughout the region.

Watch a video of the installation of NEST President- Dr. George Sabra

Support PC(USA)'s partnership with the Near East School of Theology.

Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut
Founded by American Presbyterian mission personnel in 1835, this school was the first girls’ school in the Ottoman Empire. In the 1970s it became a coeducational university. LAU is now accredited as a full-scale American university on three campuses: Beirut, Byblos and Sidon. The university continues to pride itself on being church-related even though it serves the total mix of religious and ethnic populations of the entire Middle East. The PC(USA) and its partner, the NESSL, hold four seats on LAU’s Board of Trustees and two more on the Board of International Affairs. Through the PC(USA)’s and the NESSL’s partnership with LAU, the university remains committed to enabling Christian values to impact and inform higher education.

Support PC(USA)'s partnership with the Lebanese American University.

Support PC(USA)'s mission partnerships in the Middle East.

Syria-Lebanon Mission Network

The Syria-Lebanon Mission Network is one among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

The way to the watering hole: Syria-Lebanon Mission Network keynote The Presbyterian Outlook

Resources

The Cradle of Our Faith

Learn more about Lebanon

Until the early 1970s, Christians comprised the majority of the Lebanese population. At present Christians constitute around 30% of the population, and that percentage continues to decrease.

Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East in which religious freedom is constitutionally protected.

Visit the BBC country profile.
Visit National Geographic’s Lebanon Guide.
Read The Daily Star, Lebanon’s daily English newspaper.
Read about Christians in the Middle East (from the BBC, 2005).

See further information on the Syria page

See the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p.336
November 21

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  • From visiting Hamlin Hospital with my father in the sixities my distinct memory was that Hamlin Hospital was a tuberculosis hospital in its earlier years. by Phil Hanna on 08/13/2011 at 8:46 a.m.

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