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Not very much has been recorded about the earliest beginnings of the Adventist work in Syria. It is reported that in 1893 four people became Seventh-day Adventists in Aleppo during a visit there by Zadour G. Baharian, the pioneer Adventist worker in Turkey. However, it was decades later when regular work was established in the present boundaries of Syria.
The East Mediterranean Union Mission began in 1951 as part of the newly formed Middle East Division, also organized that same year. Its territory at the time included the countries of Cyprus, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and the portion of Arabia bordering on the Persian Gulf, together with Oman. Listed under its jurisdiction were the Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon-Syria missions. In 1953 leadership added the Cyprus Mission.
The Arabic Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists had a brief 17-year history (1927-1944).
The Middle East Union Mission was operational in two separate periods from 1941-1951 and again from 1970-2011.
In 1899 Ida Schlegel, a nurse who was trained at the Adventist Sanitarium in Basel, Switzerland, was sent as a missionary nurse to Cairo, Egypt, along with Louis Passebois and his wife, who were also trained nurses.
Paulo Franz Bork, pastor and archaeologist, was born January 8, 1924, in the city of Cristina, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Ibrahim El-Khalil was a national pioneer and ordained minister who, for 32 years, made an invaluable contribution to the Seventh-day Adventist church in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine during its informative years.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency Middle East and North Africa (ADRA MENA) is a regional office of the global humanitarian ADRA network and a service of the Middle East and North Africa Union Mission (MENAUM), with an office in Beirut, Lebanon. ADRA MENA was established to provide administrative and programmatic support to national ADRA offices and coordinate relief work throughout its territory. Countries comprised in MENAUM are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, and North Cyprus.
Alger Francis Johns was an Adventist pastor, educator, scholar, and author.
Jakob (James) Erzberger was a pioneer Seventh-day Adventist convert and worker in Europe and the first ordained European Seventh-day Adventist pastor.
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