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Missionary in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq


Elmarie Parker is an Associate for Ecumenical Partnerships for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church USA. Palma Sola Presbyterian supports her missionary work through PMA.

Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq have become known to most Americans as countries dominated by political and religious conflict, war and violence. Few know that a small Christian community in this region is trying to bring hope and healing to the Middle East. PC(USA) has been involved in the region for 150+ years, and maintains close ties with its partner churches, some of which were founded by PC(USA) missionaries.

As regional liaison, Elmarie strengthens ties between PC(USA) partner churches in her region and Presbyterians in the U.S. She facilitates support for partner programs, relationships, and practical ministries that grow from these relationships. Elmarie also serves as interpreter and guide for visiting groups, so they can have a first-hand experience in seeing the region, interacting with the people, and understanding the importance of Christian ministry there.

Read Elmarie's and her husband Scott's webpage and letters.



Missionaries in Guatemala


Carl and Lisa Norton, former members of Palma Sola Presbyterian, work in the San Lucas region of Guatemala where for years they have partnered with orphanages and children’s homes to provide love and care to displaced and special-needs children, host Bible groups, and teach reading. In 2021, the Nortons founded their own home for special-needs children, Serving the Shepherd-Loving His Lambs, where they provide staff and developmental toys/equipment in a loving family environment to help the children grow into their full potential. Palma Sola supports the Norton's work through Commission To Every Nation (CTEN),

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