The Middle East — for all its current turmoil, political and civil strife, and economic disparity — forms the cradle of Christianity, and is home to some of the most dynamic Christian communities living the Gospel to the fullest.
Throughout Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, religious sisters, priests, lay men and women go about their days rolling up their sleeves, feeding the poor, caring for the sick, listening to the broken-hearted and finding opportunities and solutions for families of all faiths seeking stability and security — and a place to call home.
The coronavirus has hit the Middle East hard, devastating tourist-dependent economies, closing schools and social service programs, burdening weakened health care facilities, and prompting new surges in emigration from all sectors of the population. While economies may have slowed and activities halted, the churches of the Middle East plow on, responding to others — the vast majority of whom are not Christian. The churches work to address immediate existential needs of displaced families, such as medical care and food, and to more long-term investments in people’s lives, including catechesis, counseling, education and health care.