Phil and Sylvie Good - Lebanon

Our call has come out of a deep hunger to serve others. For years we thought we were just too ordinary for mission work, but we have learned that God uses ordinary people from every walk of life. Now we are responding to what Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, has called the “worst humanitarian crisis of our generation”. Since 2011, Lebanon has taken in nearly two million Syrian refugees, a number equivalent to about a third of its population.

After working in Beirut for two years with Resurrection Church Beirut and the Life Center, both of which have significant ministries with refugees, we moved to northern Lebanon to support CMS local partners Emil and Reem Bourizk as they provide care and education for refugee children.

Call

Sharing the love of Jesus with refugees in northern Lebanon and supporting churches in Beirut through managerial and accounting advice, communications and coming alongside the hopeless.

Role

Working alongside churches in Beirut with refugees, providing support with administration, finance, project planning and communications.

More about Phil and Sylvie Good

We are particularly drawn to the work going on with Syrian refugees and chose at first to live in the slums of East Beirut, building relationships with refugees and marginalised people from other backgrounds. It is our strong belief that, although we are from another country and culture, we can demonstrate that the love of Jesus crosses all barriers. Although refugees in Lebanon are seemingly without human hope, they are discovering Jesus as saviour and finding a new freedom. Some of them can even say they are glad they became refugees because they have met Jesus as a result.

Emil and Reem Bourizk also seek to demonstrate the love of Jesus to the marginalised through a school for refugee and Bedouin children that began in their home, and which now provides an education for 130 children. Through their care for these children, relationships are being built between Lebanese and Syrians, and they are “changing the future by the grace of God”. The school needs a new building to meet in and more funding. We have helped to create a project plan and raised funds for the conversion of a nearby unfinished house into a school, and Sylvie supports the school with administration.

We became Christians separately in our teens but from even before we met and married, we each had a commitment to global mission. Our passion has remained consistent over the years. As a family with four young children, we travelled across Africa in a Land Rover just to see it first hand, a life-changing experience through connecting to the development work there. Phil taught irrigation in Africa with VSO before moving into full-time corporate work and, more recently, Sylvie has worked with refugees in the Calais “Jungle”.

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