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Situation reports

children sittingBeing God's Presence in Syria and Lebanon, article from the spring/summer 2014 Mission Mosaic, by Betty Winston Baye. 
(Learn more about Mission Mosaic and order copies.)

Ongoing response to the crisis in Syria - dramatic increase in number of refugees and internally displaced people; humanitarian assistance continues, March 2014.

Tomorrow we may go home: A walk with Syrian brothers and sisters, by Laurie Kraus in her editorial for the spring/summer 2014 Mission Mosaic.

PC(USA) leaders briefed in meetings with Syrian, Lebanese partners -  Visit to troubled region includes conversation with Bashar al-Assad, February 28, 2014 news story by Bethany Daily, Presbyterian News Service.

Number of refugees surpasses 2 million; since 2012, 820,000 people have received humanitarian assistance.  Report includes a list of partners and types of humanitarian assistance.

Dr. Mary Mikhael, of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, shares information about the Syrian crisis and its effects on our partners and the citizens of Syria.  Watch the series of videos to learn more and to find out how you can help.

PDA continues to respond to violence impacting Syrians.  Zaatari is now the second largest refugee camp in the world and Jordan's fourth largest city.

Syria crisis deepens - especially for children.  Millions are displaced, and humanitarian assistance is being shared, including in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, where more than half the population is children.  School kits have been sent.

The ongoing conflict in Syria continues to displace families. PDA is supporting the refugees in the the Za'atari refugee camp.

Syrian refugees in Jordan seek to recover and return: families in the Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan receive assistance – photos by Magnus Aronson, LWF/ACT

In the midst of unspeakable violence.  Story from Presbyterian New Service (PNS) on the effect the Syrian crisis has on the Christian community.

PDA responds to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Syria. Increased fighting in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus has led to the additional displacement of Syrian families

Stand in the Gap for Syria – initial report. One Great Hour of Sharing funds are providing humanitarian assistance.

Background to the situation in Syria – Brief explanation of events that have led to the current crisis.


PC(USA) leaders offer a prayer for peace in many places of need around the world

The Presbyterian Response to the Conflict in Syria: powerpoint presentation prepared for the spring 2014 Ecumenical Advocacy Days.  Please allow a few moments for the powerpoint to download.

Crisis in Syria: The Presbyterian Mission Agency's Response

“Let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.” – 1 Peter 3:11

The following presentations were made at the September 2013 Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Meeting on the crisis in Syria.  For the most current information on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) response, please view presentations below.  (Click on image to view presentation.)

Syria I
Syria II

Peacemaking and PDA are working collaboratively in response to the crisis in Syria.  Find bulletin inserts and a service of prayer for peace on the Peacemaking web page.

Stand in the GAP for Syria - Not big in the media, but 9 million displaced people is not a small story

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 Dr. Mary Mikhael, of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, shares information about the Syrian crisis and its effects on our partners and the citizens of Syria.  Watch the series of videos to learn more and to find out how you can help.

Letter from the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, and more than 20 ecumenical colleagues, calling on the United States government to keep its attention on the Syrian Civil War and act accordingly to bring stability and peace to the region.

Call to prayer for Syria from the 220th General Assembly

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the UN General Assembly Resolution on Syria, August 3, 2012

World Mission, March 2012 Call to prayer and action and a prayer for the people of Syria – information on how you can help address some of the needs related to Syria

Prayers following violence, compiled by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship


Helpful links

World Mission – Information on PC(USA) work and partnerships in Syria

PresbyTel answers your questions about the PC(USA). Call (800) 872-3283 to talk to a PresbyTel consultant.


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Upcoming Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Events

PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

PDA Advisory Committee

Oct. 8 - 10, 2014

PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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