Food deliveries and phone calls from the teacher become the norm amid pandemic

Tent communities erected on farmland in eastern Lebanon created many challenges over the years because they are far removed from schools, jobs, and medical facilities. Now, the distance from Lebanon’s coastal cities protects the thousands of Syrian refugees who live there. At press time, the tent city served by our partner in Lebanon, had no […]

Empty classrooms, heavy hearts as Jordan shuts down to fight pandemic

Leading up to the Covid-19 crisis, the Good Shepherd Center in Jordan prepared their 72 students and families. Before schools were shut down, teachers instructed students on health hygiene so that children know to cover their coughs, wash their hands and wipe all surfaces. After schools were closed three weeks ago, staff spent three days […]

Our work continues despite global pandemic

We trust you are well in this unprecedented global crisis. We wanted to let you know that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt by our partner schools in the same ways that we are experiencing the effects here in the United States. In the Middle East, daily life has been put on […]

Quick, easy wins spark love of learning among refugees

Joseph Milan wants to reignite a love of learning in the Syrian refugee children who attend his shipping container school in Lebanon. In nine years of working with Syrian refugees, the Lebanese pastor knows how children and families, quite understandably, give up. The living conditions in tent cities are harsh through scorching heat in summer […]

Inside a shipping container school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The needs are both monumental and profoundly simple for the organizations serving Syrian refugees in central Lebanon. In Joseph Milan’s case, it comes down to a heater. The gregarious Lebanese pastor runs a language school in the Bekaa Valley in central Lebanon near the Syrian border. While the coast of Lebanon experiences warm Mediterranean winters, […]

Iraqis reclaim symbol of faith that ISIS used to target them

As the Good Shepherd Center staff worked with children, they quickly saw that parents needed help. Most of them were in shock from leaving behind the homes and communities that had been home to various Christian sects for centuries. Often they were too devastated to know how to begin helping their children. Principal Dawlat Hijazeen […]

School provides hope for families who are afraid to return to their homeland

Five years ago, Iraqi Christians began flowing into Jordan to get ahead of ISIS as it swept into northern Iraq. The families had faced an ultimatum from ISIS: convert or die. They did neither. Instead they headed to Jordan, where they found themselves in a peculiar bind. They were not technically refugees, so they were […]

Last living TSI founder: The work began with a prayer in India

Schools began with a prayer and were funded in part through resale shops Cancer couldn’t stop Janet Pofahl from traveling to India in late 1986. The former missionary was only a few weeks into recovery from an extensive surgery that removed cancer from her large intestine. Still, her doctor cleared her to board a plane […]

Tent Schools create hope amid staggering increases in displacement worldwide

As we mark World Refugee Day, we need to share some staggering news about the numbers of people displaced throughout the world due to violence, natural disaster and persecution. According to new numbers from the United Nations, 70 million people worldwide have fled their homes. That is more than the entire population of the Midwestern […]

Iraqi girl is the face of the refugee crisis

Displaced children with learning barriers receive extra support to thrive at school and home Mariam arrived one year ago at The Good Shepherd School, a TSI partner near Amman, Jordan. Even with full-time attention from an adult shadow teacher, Mariam ran away from class and disrupted the classroom environment. “When we accepted Mariam into the […]