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Georgians traveling overseas to front lines of Syrian refugee crisis

Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, is among a growing number of Georgians traveling overseas to help refugees fleeing Syria’s deadly civil war.

Wright — known for his “Right from the Heart” ministry broadcast on television and radio — traveled with his wife to Lebanon and Jordan in the fall of 2014. Many other Johnson Ferry members have traveled to Lebanon to help out in recent years. A pair of Catholic Church deacons from Newnan and Peachtree City traveled to Greece and Serbia in January to volunteer. And a humanitarian worker from Johns Creek is focusing on the issue for a major refugee resettlement agency in Jordan.

“It’s a humanitarian disaster,” Wright said. “It just makes sense to me to reach out with love and concern to them rather than withdrawing in fear.”

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