The Hauran Connection


The Hauran Connection

A Sister Diocese Program

Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran and the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America

The Orthodox who today live in much of the territory once known as Arabia Petraea – descendants of those converted to faith in Christ Jesus by St. Timon – comprise the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bosra, Hauran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan. The present “angel of Bosra and successor to St. Timon” is Metropolitan SABA (Esper). One of the most venerable Archdioceses of our Patriarchate, the Archdiocese of Bosra now finds itself facing very difficult times. Due to the frequency of warfare in that area, the occupation of much of its territory by a neighboring unfriendly nation, and the resultant unemployment and poverty, most of its people are economic refugees, having relocated to Damascus or departed for the Americas, Australia, Europe or the Gulf States.

In a gesture of Christian love and support for Metropolitan SABA and his flock, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America has committed itself to a “Sister Diocese” relationship with the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran.

Read Bishop BASIL's letter announcing the Hauran Connection program.


“Warfare, destruction, drought, spiritual neglect, lack of job and educational opportunities.”

In southern Syria and the Golan, these are some of the words defining the struggle and suffering of the people of that region: in the mountainous Jabal Al Arab region—home of the Syrian Druze community; the farmlands of Hauran (“the granary of the Roman Empire”); and the Golan—the ravaged line of demarcation between Syria and Israel.

Only 5-10% of the population remains Christian in this troubled land. It is easy to understand the reasons for vast emigration of Christians to Damascus, and to see the need to reach out in personal friendship and support for those who remain. His Eminence Metropolitan SABA, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of the region since 1999, is charged with maintaining the faith in the midst of the predominance of Islam.

Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, the example of our kind and loving Bishop, and the generosity of the faithful in our diocese, we can reach out with the kind of personal support that will enable us to partner in extending the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who have only begun to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy in ours.


 

Hauran Connection Brochure

Hauran Connection Sunday School Materials

 


Programs Overview

 

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The Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America has initiated five programs by which to assist our Sister Diocese. For details, please visit our Hauran Connection Programs pages.

Parish to Parish

Operational support for parishes to provide pastoral care. Sixteen parishes operating and in need of renovation. Five parishes under construction. Three additional communities need parishes. All parishes need ecclesiastical items.
Clergy



Salary and housing support for twelve priests and two novices.
Food Box

Food for the poorest of the poor. Priority support for families that have children, the elderly, and widows. 235 families currently served with many more in need.
Kindergarten
Scholarships are needed for tuition to send children to the Kindergarten Program. 125 children currently served with many more not able to attend due to costs.
Medical
Support for physicians to provide medical care. Two physicians are needed. Funds are needed for medical equipment, supplies, and medication.