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Friday, October 12
October 16, 2018, 12:59 PM

Had a lunch organized by Phyllis Wells today.  Present were two people from the de Cristo Presbytery, Phyllis, Peter Vogel, Elizabeth Elgin and myself.  The guests were a pastor from Cameroon who is seeking asylum from the violence in her country, and a "Peace Enabler" from a Presbyterian church in Syria.  She said that their greatest need is meeting the physical and educational requirements from the children of the roughly 1.5 mission refugees (in Lebanon alone, just across the border from them) from the Syrian "Human Tragedy."  She would not characterize it as a "Civil War," as we do.  She asked "Why us?  Syria was a prosperous, peaceful country until recently."  The Arab Spring, in their case, turned into a seemingly endless winter.

Not only a call to help those in need, but also a reminder of how fortunate we are to have peace and freedom to worship.  She said her part of Western Syria has been inundated with Christians and others in the north, fleeing from Isis.

Pastor Paul