Known 186081 as Ladies' Assoc. for Soc. and Religious Improvement of the Syrian Females, 188288 as Brit. Syrian Schools and Bible Miss., 188996 as Brit. Syrian Schools and Bible Work, 18971903 as Brit. Syrian Miss. and Bible Work, and in more recent yrs. simply as Brit. Syrian Miss. Est. 1860 to rehabilitate women and children widowed and orphaned by Druzes and Muslim (by massacres in Syrian hinterland). Interdenom., conservative, ev. Field was Syria, but 1959 legislation obliged move of its center of activity to Lebanon. Established village schools, larger institutions, and special schools (e.g., for blind); sends out miss. evangelists; relates groups of believers to existing nat. ev. chs. See also Middle East, C, D.
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