Salaam Syria “Peace and Welcome”
Oct 12, at 5:30 in Ostrander Hall
The brutal war in Syria has sent over 500,000 people into exile across the Middle East, Europe and the United States, and displaced over 600,000 people internally. With such overwhelming trauma, we want to know how we can help! During this summer’s Seabeck all-church camp, Kathy Williams and Mary Rose lead a talk on the Syrian refugee crisis. Kathy recently returned from a trip to several Middle Eastern countries hosting Syrian refugees, and Mary described the work of the Vashon Resettlement Committee in assisting two Syrian families settling on Vashon Island. Their program touched participants deeply, and it was suggested that it be expanded upon and presented to our entire congregation.
On October 12, we will have an opportunity to meet the Almustafas, a Syrian family who fled their home in Northern Syria in 2015. With help from the Vashon Resettlement Committee, they have made great strides toward independence and stability.
The highlight of our evening will be an authentic Syrian meal prepared by the catering business established by the Almustafa family. They will talk to us about the rich Syrian culture, the trauma that has beset their country, and the hopes of the Syrian people. Other aspects of the program are being planned.
This program will be suitable for all ages.
12 and under free, 13 and older $25.
Sign up in Turner Narthex on Sundays.
This program is sponsored by the Immigrant Justice Action Team. Questions? Contact Liz Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.