Borjel Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp

Borjel Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp

Borjel Barajneh Palestinian Refugee Camp:
Missiological Strategies, 1948-2006

Labreeska Hensley, M.Th.
Chairman: Dr. John Hurtgen

Abstract

            The purpose of the thesis is to explore the people profile of the Palestinian refugees, particularly of those in the Borj El Barajneh Camp, and to examine missiological strategies to reach them for Christ.  Chapter 1 consists of  an ethnography of the Palestine refugees and history of their exit into foreign camps.

            Chapter 2 analyzes the demographics of the Borj El Barajneh people and briefly describes the effects of continuing  war and hardships on them.  The thesis will analyze the historical conflict between Israel and the Palestinians (including in Appendix 6 a chronological map to follow the history of each battle and retaliation).  The conflicts in Palestinian camp include Lebanon’s Civil War, the “War of the Camps” in Barajneh itself, and terrorism.  Each battle has carved out a piece of the Palestinian history and bulldozed a painful road for generations to come.

            Chapter 3 deals with missiological strategies and their effects in Borj El Barajneh.  Interviews with past and present missionaries, national Christians, and local Muslims provide data for examining missiological strategies.  Different mission organizations were evaluated in respect to the effectiveness of their strategies among the Palestinian refugees.  Current missiological strategies include Church Planting Movements, Chronological Bible Storying, and relief organizations (like the Inma Center, among others).

            Chapter 4 then draws conclusions from the summary findings of the preceding chapters and suggests future strategies for the Borj El Barajneh Camp, comparing strategies in similar refugee situations and the future possibilities for the Palestinian refugees.  Each new tactic to reach the Palestinian people is a simple suggestion for hope and peace for generations to come.