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”. With a population of just four million, Lebanon has taken in nearly two million Syrian refugees in the years since 2011 due to the conflict in Syria.

We are working with Resurrection Church Beirut, which has a refugee congregation of 700 families and is running many exciting ministries in Beirut and beyond. We are also working with the Life Center near our home, helping them with pre-school children. Sylvie is working on the administrative and financial aspects of running an organisation, while Philip is looking at project planning and partner communications.

Call

Through the depth of our life experience with God, we feel called to serve and build his kingdom through facilitating and empowering others.

Role

We are working with local churches in Beirut helping them to manage their resources.

More about Phil and Sylvie Good

We are particularly drawn to the work going on with Syrian refugees and have chosen to live in the slums of East Beirut. We are building relationships with the people we live among, mainly refugees but also 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.

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. More recently, Sylvie has worked with refugees in the Calais Jungle, and Phil taught irrigation in Africa before moving into full-time corporate work.

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