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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Wednesday, October 30



Najla Kassab with her daughter, part of the next generation of women leaders in Lebanon—and beyond!

In a part of the world that is often characterized as patriarchal, the Presbyterian church in Lebanon, a part of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, has certainly affirmed the calls and gifts of women.

Najla Kassab is director of the synod’s Christian education department. She is the first woman to become a licensed preacher in her church, a step towards ordination as a minister. A wife and mother of three, she oversees the teaching ministries in the synod’s 38 congregations and also administers the year-round seminars and retreats held at the synod’s conference center in the mountains north of Beirut.

When the synod sought someone to renovate and repurpose its historic emphysema clinic, it chose Sanaa Koreh, a visionary nurse-administrator who continues to give creative energy and strategic oversight to what is now Hamlin Nursing Home. This state-of-the-art, Christ-centered eldercare facility is home to more than 70 residents, both Muslim and Christian. Koreh’s plans to restore the on-site nursing school will open the door for much-needed career training in this underserved region.

Nellie Dagher is the principal at one of the 10 synod schools that serve over 11,000 Christian and Muslim students in Syria and Lebanon. She recently celebrated the opening of a brand-new facility near Zahle, Lebanon, which expanded in response to increasing enrollment and in order to modernize for the high-tech educational needs of the 21st century.

Marilyn Borst, associate director for partnership development, The Outreach Foundation

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission
Rev. Dr. Nuhad Tomeh, regional liaison, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, World Mission

National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon: Rev. Samuel Hana, moderator, Rev. Fadi Dagher, general secretary • The schools of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon • The National Evangelical Church of Beirut: Rev. Dr. Habib Bader, pastor • Supreme Council of Evangelical Churches of Syria and Lebanon: Rev. Dr. Salim Sahiouny, president • Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches: Rev. Dr. Mgardish Karakouzian, president, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, secretary • The Armenian Orthodox Church • The Orthodox Apostolic Church of Antioch and All the East (Greek Orthodox Patriarchate) • The Syrian Orthodox Church • Hamlin Home for the Elderly • Jinishian Memorial Program: Mrs. Seta Pamboukian, director • Lebanese American University: Dr. Joseph Jabbra, president • Near East School of Theology, Beirut: Rev. Dr. George Sabra, acting president and dean

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Paul Seebeck, PMA
Mary Serovy, BOP

Let us pray

Precious Creator, we thank you for the faithful witness of the women of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Bless them and guide them by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 147:1-11
First Reading Ezra 6:1-22
Or alternate First Reading Lamentations 2:8-15
Second Reading Revelation 5:1-10
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:10-17
Evening Psalms 132; 134

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