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March 16, 2017

"We never meant to destroy your house," insurgents told Munir Khoury when hostilities subsided in Jibrail, in Lebanon's Akkar region, in 1958. "It was the American's house we were aiming at."

The Khoury family were closely associated with the American missionaries Neale and Edith Alter, who founded the Jibrail Rural Fellowship Center (JRFC). From its experimental education efforts in 1943 until the dissolution of the property in 1967, Presbyterian mission work at Jibrail treated rural economic development as evangelism, pivoted to counter the threat of communism, and survived...

September 17, 2015

We were prepared for insect remains, for paper fragments, for rust, and for sand. We were not prepared for typhoid, not prepared for napalm, not prepared for shelling during a picnic.

Beginning in December 2014, and continuing for 163 man-hours through June 2015, Archives Technician Michael Carroll and I processed the new Record Group 492, Syria-Lebanon mission records. We removed 9 pounds of rusted metal fasteners and rehoused records in 775 acid-free folders,...

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