“Because of the Syrian refugee crisis, and the economic impact that’s having on the country, [Lebanon] has been on the verge of bankruptcy. And this is just one more step in that process. The Prime Minister, [a] couple [of] weeks back, was in the United States. He’s been all over asking the other nations to help them financially help take care of this crisis, and nobody is,” Atema says.
In different phrases, Lebanon is operating out of cash—quick. The nation’s price range deficit is 11 % of the gross home product. In 2020, Lebanon hopes to scale back the price range deficit to six.5 %. Nonetheless, it’s unclear what financial emergency measures will forestall chapter. However one factor is for certain: a rise in austerity measures.
The silver lining?
“When in great hardship, great persecution…there’s a there’s a wide-open door for the Gospel like never before. I don’t want to lose sight of that in all the negativ[ity] of this topic. Muslims are coming to Christ like never before, and reaping a tremendous harvest,” Atema explains.
Coronary heart for Lebanon is within the strategy of opening its new Hope Ministry Heart, which formally opens October 1. This heart serves the refugee neighborhood within the Bekaa valley with Bible research, casual schooling for the kids, job coaching, and extra. In being the arms and toes of Christ to individuals who fled their houses, Coronary heart for Lebanon can also be serving to relieve a few of the financial pressures the Syrian refugee disaster has positioned on the Lebanese folks.
Responding to Lebanon
Now that YOU know what is occurring in Lebanon, will you reply?
Begin with prayer. Pray for peace within the Center East. Pray for the advance of the financial disaster in Lebanon. But in addition pray for the Church there and its capacity to succeed in folks with the last word hope of Christ. Pray for Coronary heart for Lebanon employees as they maneuver totally different personalities and political stances on the bottom.
One other means to assist is thru giving. A monetary reward to Coronary heart for Lebanon gives meals, schooling, and way more for refugees dwelling in Lebanon. It additionally gives a pure bridge for relationships by way of which the Gospel and hope of Christ are shared.
To provide, click on right here.
Lastly, share this story. Elevate consciousness of what’s occurring in Lebanon and advocate on behalf of the native Church and the people who find themselves in want.
Header photograph courtesy of Coronary heart for Lebanon