As part of our work to support the Christian presence in the Middle East, we are beginning a number of educational programmes for children and young people. The young are always the source of hope for any country, and in Syria this is especially true. We believe that the awful damage done to Syrian communities by the sectarian conflict can be repaired through education, through rebuilding trust and through forming new partnerships across the boundaries of faith. The young have energy, they have hope, and they are the future.
This is the very first of our programmes!
In August 2014, the Awareness Foundation and St. Andrew's URC Church, Cheam, sponsored a Christian education camp for more than 120 children at the National Evangelical Church in Lattakia, Syria.
The children came from all denominations, including some Muslims. A large number of the children were from other areas of Syria, their families having been displaced in the conflict.
The event was called 'Adventure in the Jungle', and over four days the children learned how to live their faith, how to forgive and to accept each other in Syria today. The animals of the jungle represented the great diversity of creation and they demonstrated how we can all live together despite our differences. The 20 leaders used a variety of teaching methods, included activities, songs, games, times of reflection and prayer, and even a play.