A widow from The National Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Latakia, Syria. One of the most striking women I have photographed. She and 300 of her fellow congregants greeted us with a warm and generous reception in our honor–all this during the heat of the war in Syria. This is the largest Presbyterian Church in Syria with over 1,000 members. As we were walking into the church we passed the graves of those Presbyterians who founded the schools, hospitals, and churches in that part of Syria over 150 years ago. (Jan 2017)
Syrian widow seeking refuge in the Presbyterian Church in Zadieh, Syria (Jan 2017)
This small and beautiful church in the mountains east of Tartous was taking in as many refugees as it could and providing them sanctuary. The pastor died a few months after our departure from a heart attack. Obviously, we can see the trauma on her face and in her eyes.