The small, Mediterranean country of Lebanon is host to the largest refugee population per capita worldwide. In Lebanon, there is one refugee for every four Lebanese citizens. However, Lebanon is not just a refuge for Syrians, but Palestinians and Syrian Kurds as well, swelling the number of refugees to an estimated two million people.
With an infrastructure bending under the weight of a growing population, many Lebanese citizens have become hardened towards their newly destitute neighbors.
However, this is not true for all Lebanese. Nestled into the Beqaa Valley, just miles from the Syrian border, lies New Life Church which supports the refugee community with radical generosity and grace.
Numerous refugee camps dot the edges of the Beqaa Valley, some sanctioned through organizations like the UN, some makeshift, but all in great need of resources. New Life Church has become the hands and feet of Christ in the region, working as one body to provide resources, education, and guidance to lost communities.
Have you heard the story of George Muller? While running a London orphan’s home in the 1700’s, he trusted God completely for their daily needs. Even when the shelves were empty and there was nothing to feed the children that day, Muller wouldn’t ask for handouts. Instead he would go to God in prayer, trusting Him to completely provide for all their needs. And daily, God provided through milk carts breaking down in front of their door or neighbors feeling an urge by God to bake and give Muller the extra bread.
Each month, New Life distributes over boxes filled with food staples like rice, milk, and eggs, but their list of families needing boxes was getting longer each month, and they were running out of supplies, what were they going to do?