The Stamp Appeal is an easy way for your congregation to get involved in the world mission work of the church.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
In Lebanon, and in response to the financial collapse in the country, the pastors in Syria and Lebanon initiated in 2021, a scheme where they gave half of their salary to establish a relief programme as an expression of support to the neediest families around their congregations.
The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) employs more than a thousand people including their pastors. The economic crisis in the country and the consequences of the huge explosion in Beirut has struck hard and the Synod is struggling to pay salaries for pastors which range between £100 to £150 per month. Some pastors have left their vocation to take other jobs as they are unable to provide for their families. Others are really struggling to make ends meet. Pastors are key people supporting the spiritual and institutional life and ministry of the Synod and deserve to be supported.
NESSL is a partner church of the Church of Scotland and has churches in both Lebanon and Syria. The church has been able in the past to support pastors from money raised by running fee paying schools. In the last few years as the economic situation has deteriorated, many families are finding it hard to pay school fees and the knock-on effect on the financial situation in the Synod has affected the ability to pay pastors salaries. Despite the hardships experienced, pastors are reaching out to the needy in their congregations in a sacrificial way. This has prompted the Synod to reach out to partners around the world to support the various ongoing project work and to include in this the support of pastors.
This year the Stamp Project proceeds aim to raise enough funds to support a pastor for a full year's salary.
You can put up a Stamp Appeal 2022 poster in your church or community building.
How do I contribute to the Stamp Appeal?
You can be part of supporting the work of this project that is changing lives simply by collecting your stamps.
- Post your stamps to World Mission Stamp Project, PO Box 9191, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0YB
- Hand-deliver to Keith Scott, 143 Netherton Road, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0AR, or contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hand-deliver to Glasgow Presbytery Office Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am and 12.30pm or 1.30pm and 4.30pm
- Free courier uplift is available for packages of stamps which weigh between 10 - 19kg. Telephone 01698 351323 to arrange for uplift
- If you believe your stamp collection is valuable please arrange for Keith Scott to collect personally by telephone - 01698 351323