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We continue to be bombarded by media stories of violence and suffering coming from the Middle East.  Time magazine reports that “more than 600,000 people have entered Europe so far this year, cascading in at a rate—sometimes 10,000 a day—that underprepared, overwhelmed governments quickly declared a crisis.[1]

Almost lost in this flood of tragic news are stories of Arabic speaking people here in The U.S. and particularly those coming to Tucson. 

Time quotes a Gallup poll stating, “13% of earth’s residents would like to move to another country—perhaps 700 million people.”  Of course, it’s no surprise that the U.S. is prized as the top destination.  If our borders weren’t in place, the population “might swell by 150 million.[2]

Our church acknowledges these horrific accounts of ongoing tragedy but tells a different story.  In Presbyterians Today, Amgad Beblawi (World Mission’s Coordinator for the Middle East), brings out the truth regarding the Islamic State, the 2011 Arab Spring, and our government’s position.  He says, “’Long after the peaceful demonstrations ended, and the Arab Spring in Syria was hijacked by militants, the us congress kept insisting [that] the Syrian government was fighting a brutal war against peaceful demonstrators—moderates—ignoring the fact that the movement had been hijacked.[3]’”

At Mountain Shadows, we have had active participation in forums Of Christianity In The Middle East: Past And Present (October 11) and Middle Eastern Christians In The U.S. And Tucson: A Story Of Displacement And Resettlement (October 18).


[1]Time Magazine, October 19, 2015.

[2] P. 46.

[3] Syria, The Untold Story, Presbyterians Today, September/October 2015