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Update from Colin & Audrey Gibson

Lebanon.  Easter 2022

He is not here; He has Risen,
just as He said.

Matthew 28 v 6


We are now back in Lebanon after our brief return to the UK in March for the funeral of Audrey’s sister and are busy catching up on work issues - while also getting ready to leave Lebanon at the end of the month!  After many months of delay the building work at our Nature Park project at Mekse has started with initial excavations already completed.  Sadly, we will have to be content with photos of the finished building as we will have left before completion. 
We have organised another tree planting event at the Park too, this time for A Rocha Lebanon members and friends.  This will be on Monday afternoon followed by a meal together.  Meanwhile, Audrey has just completed an 'Information for Schools' booklet which gives teachers ideas on how the Park can be used across the curriculum.  It is also good to see the existing trees coming into bud and how quickly wildlife has returned to the recently enlarged pond.
Somehow, we will also have to fit in a ‘handover’ to my replacement as National Director.  In fact, to two candidates who offered themselves as a job-share partnership and who come with a wealth of experience and many exciting ideas on how best to take A Rocha Lebanon forward.  Please pray that the handover will go smoothly, for the co-Directors as they take on their new roles and for the practical issues of the job share arrangements.
We have however made time to do a little more sightseeing before we leave including a hike last weekend in the north of Lebanon.  The picture accompanying the Easter greeting above is also from the hike and shows the view from Deir Saydet El Qalaa (Our Lady of the Fortress Convent) in Menjez Village across the Great River (Nahr Al Kabir) into Syria.
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