The Philemon Project


The Philemon Social Society is a Lebanese NGO that offers a comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Adult Mentoring (AM) program in Beirut, Lebanon, specifically reaching underserved populations. The ECD goal is to grow whole and healthy children and families. GROW's vision is to grow whole and healthy children and families, making a gospel impact by sharing the love of Christ through our program, and enabling them to mature into whole and healthy adults. We currently have proof of concept in one development center in Bourj Hammoud, an underserved and under-resourced neighborhood in Beirut; the goal is to replicate the second Center project in another underserved and under-resourced southern suburb of Beirut. GROW Center is female-run and embodies the best ideals of empowerment, equality, respect for the individual, strong work ethic, and dignity for everyone's rights. Our long-term goals are to replicate slowly and efficiently to maintain organizational and operational excellence and integrity.

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Scott Matson

Director of Discipleship & Missions

Scott was born in Washington and grew up in Minnesota before moving to Oregon at the ripe old age of eight. He graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2010 with his B.A. in Spanish. In May, 2020, he received his Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah Seminary and is currently working on ordination. He and his wife Meridith married in 2017 and recently welcomed their first child, a beautiful daughter. Scott loves drumming, scuba diving, languages, and church history.