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Caring for Our Brothers and
Sisters in Hauran
“A new commandment I give to you,
that ye love one another….”
Caring for Hauran
 THE HAURAN CONNECTION
 A Sister to Sister Diocese Program between
the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-Amer...
Caring for Hauran
Caring for Hauran
 St. Matthew tells of our Savior’s teaching and
healing the people from this region.
 St. Peter confes...
Caring for Hauran
The present
“angel of Bosra,
Hauran, Jabal
alArab and the
Golan and
successor to St.
Timon”
Metropolitan...
Caring for Hauran
 Inflation is
increasing—over
500%!
 Many have lost
their shops,
houses, and lands
and have no
source ...
Caring for Hauran
 Those in the provinces of Sweda and Daraa are
caught between armies of different groups.
 There is ju...
Caring for Hauran
 Sweda is a peaceful city,
but swelling with
refugees—Christian and
Moslem.
 The ecumenical relation
o...
Caring for Hauran
 They have organized a large kitchen in the
chancery to cook daily meals for 100 families.
Caring for Hauran
 It has opened three branches of this office in
Sweda and Daraa.
Caring for Hauran
 They have helped parishioners through these
offices and have gotten some help for them
through brother...
Caring for Hauran
 Ira is the only village
in the whole Diocese
where Metropolitan
SABA could visit and
celebrate Liturgy...
Caring for Hauran
 Metropolitan SABA, on
July 15, 2014:
 The village of Tisiya (which
name is derived from the
word “Bap...
Caring for Hauran
 Its ancient church was taken over
 Its crosses, icons and service books were
broken and thrown into t...
Caring for Hauran
 This Orthodox Christian village is the last
outpost before the Syrian-Jordanian border.
 The previous...
Caring for Hauran
 Metropolitan SABA is
most grateful for
having such brothers
and sisters, especially
His Grace, Bishop
...
Caring for Hauran
 Our opportunity for obedience to our Savior,
who walked in Hauran:
 “A new commandment I give to you,...
Caring for Hauran
 When we pray for our
families, may we
remember to pray for our
suffering sister Diocese.
 When we tha...
Caring for Our Brothers and
Sisters in Hauran
“….…just as I have loved you.”
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St. Timon Sunday Presentation by Sally Buxton

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A presentation regarding charitable efforts in the Antiochian Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran in Syria by Sally Buxton of St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas.

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St. Timon Sunday Presentation by Sally Buxton

  1. 1. Caring for Our Brothers and Sisters in Hauran “A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another….”
  2. 2. Caring for Hauran  THE HAURAN CONNECTION  A Sister to Sister Diocese Program between the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America and the Archdiocese of Bosra Hauran, Jabal al Arab and the Golan, Syria  Requested by Bishop BASIL in 2008, as he described the dire need for support of this region.
  3. 3. Caring for Hauran
  4. 4. Caring for Hauran  St. Matthew tells of our Savior’s teaching and healing the people from this region.  St. Peter confessed here that our Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  St. Paul fled here, following his baptism.  St. Timon, one of the Seventy Apostles appointed by the Lord, was sent to preach here.
  5. 5. Caring for Hauran The present “angel of Bosra, Hauran, Jabal alArab and the Golan and successor to St. Timon” Metropolitan SABA (Esper).
  6. 6. Caring for Hauran  Inflation is increasing—over 500%!  Many have lost their shops, houses, and lands and have no source of income.
  7. 7. Caring for Hauran  Those in the provinces of Sweda and Daraa are caught between armies of different groups.  There is just one family left in one community.  Others have left for Sweda or Damascus.  The other parishes are no better.
  8. 8. Caring for Hauran  Sweda is a peaceful city, but swelling with refugees—Christian and Moslem.  The ecumenical relation office of the Patriarchate is working hard to serve them.
  9. 9. Caring for Hauran  They have organized a large kitchen in the chancery to cook daily meals for 100 families.
  10. 10. Caring for Hauran  It has opened three branches of this office in Sweda and Daraa.
  11. 11. Caring for Hauran  They have helped parishioners through these offices and have gotten some help for them through brothers and friends.
  12. 12. Caring for Hauran  Ira is the only village in the whole Diocese where Metropolitan SABA could visit and celebrate Liturgy in 2013.
  13. 13. Caring for Hauran  Metropolitan SABA, on July 15, 2014:  The village of Tisiya (which name is derived from the word “Baptisery” because it was the center for baptisms in the Ghassanid Kingdom from the 4th through the 7th centuries) was attacked by some fundamentalist groups.
  14. 14. Caring for Hauran  Its ancient church was taken over  Its crosses, icons and service books were broken and thrown into the street.  An unconfirmed report says it has been turned into a mosque.  Al-Nusra Front now controls the village.
  15. 15. Caring for Hauran  This Orthodox Christian village is the last outpost before the Syrian-Jordanian border.  The previous Metropolitan used to refer to Tisiya as “the fence of Orthodoxy” because of its pious people.  About 10 families remain there now.  The majority are in Damascus because their homes have been stolen and they cannot return.
  16. 16. Caring for Hauran  Metropolitan SABA is most grateful for having such brothers and sisters, especially His Grace, Bishop BASIL and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.
  17. 17. Caring for Hauran  Our opportunity for obedience to our Savior, who walked in Hauran:  “A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another just as I have loved you……  By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” (John 14: 34-35)
  18. 18. Caring for Hauran  When we pray for our families, may we remember to pray for our suffering sister Diocese.  When we thank God for our food, let us pray that they will have food for which they can thank Him.
  19. 19. Caring for Our Brothers and Sisters in Hauran “….…just as I have loved you.”

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