After a drone assault in Hezbollah territory in Beirut, the United Nations urges ‘most restraint’ within the area. Coronary heart For Lebanon co-founder Tom Atema explains the state of affairs like this: “Israel feels very strongly that Hezbollah and Syria are working together– that Hezbollah and Syria are proxy organizations for the country of Iran.”
He went on to say, “Hezbollah has missiles and guns and ammunition all pointed at Israel like never before and growing in numbers, and the UN (United Nations) is not doing anything. It got to a point where, Israel felt, ‘Okay. We’ve got to do something’.”
Though extremely politically charged, the situation he laid out is just about what everybody agrees on. “That’s what they’re both sides have stated. Everybody’s calling for calm and for peace. But we all know what the Bible says (and the day and age in which we live) about peace: a lot of people will be calling for it, but it really won’t happen.”
Layers of disaster
This case exacerbates concern that is already rising over the financial disaster in Lebanon. It additionally threatens an escalation between Israel and Iran. For instance, Israel launched strikes final week geared toward Hezbollah and Palestinian areas of Beirut. Not since 2006 has there been such open hostile motion between Israel and Lebanon.
This week, Hezbollah returned hearth on Israeli navy positions within the first cross-border conflict in years. The tit-for-tat threatens fragile stability within the area, which is why Atema says, “Pray for the peace of the Middle East. Pray for our workers as they maneuver through the different personalities and the different political situations on the ground.”
The silver lining
One other dynamic to layer over proxy battle fears is the hostility from dangerous blood between Syria and Lebanon over the 30-year occupation, and now, the drag of the Syrian refugee disaster on Lebanon’s sources. Whilst distrust grows between the Syrian refugees and Lebanon, their host nation, there’s additionally a silver lining.
Ministries like Coronary heart For Lebanon attempt to stroll on the slim path fraught with politics and emotion. The Hope Ministry Middle, situated within the
coronary heart of the Bekaa Valley, is near native authorities and authorities places of work. Inside attain are a lot of the companies serving the refugee inhabitants within the space, and it’s simply accessible to the refugee and the area people alike.
Hope for the longer term
Most significantly, Atema says, “People will be served, cared for, and presented with the Gospel. Hope for the future will begin here.” The brand new middle opens October 1 with a dedication ceremony deliberate October 27.
The power features a warehouse, 250 seat chapel and coaching room, cafeteria, clinic, dormitories for mission groups, fellowship corridor, and distribution space. The Hope Ministry Middle will educate and equip over 12,000 refugees annually to beat poverty, shifting them from despair to hope. “The building we’ve been talking about will let us almost triple our ministry in the Bekaa Valley,” he says, including “the only reason we can’t get to that point is that we don’t have the funding for it.”
Header picture of Beirut, Lebanon courtesy Jeff M/Flickr/CC