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.
Each month, New Life distributes over 1,500 boxes filled with food staples like rice, milk, and eggs. Each month their family distribution list gets longer, and each month the Lord provides the means to create boxes full of life-saving sustenance.
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.
As families continue to be added to New Life’s list, they continue to trust God month by month to provide needed items. The leaders of New Life have seen Christ bless the monthly family support project through its’ ability to lead others to the Gospel, usher in relationships and break down barriers of hostility between Christians and Muslims in need.
For many children in refugee homes, school has never been available. Some went to one or two years of school before needing to flee, others have never been in a classroom setting, having needed to work since the age of six to provide for their family. New Life’s kindergarten through 5th grade classes with dedicated teachers and staff members give each child a valuable learning experience and a normalized school environment. This provides a sense of stability many refugee children have never known.
New Life also runs schools in community centers in refugee camps. They’ve become increasingly innovative in their community center development to ensure students who need to work also receive an education. Fidda Camp’s community center, for example, provides space not only for classrooms, but also a computer lab, laundry facility, and thrift shop for clothing and household goods. The children’s favorite part is the brightly colored playground. As mothers, fathers, and children gather for activities and classes, one can sense the pride and belonging the space brings to families in the Fidaa camp.
New Life Church has been bold in their mission, actively professing that they love because they were first loved. Under the green glow of minarets from the nearby Hezbollah mosque, New Life Church continues to experience daily miracles; brothers and sisters receiving Christ for the first time and families, once wary and afraid, now accepting the love of their neighbor. New Life remains a guiding light in a difficult place.
Please pray for the leaders of New Life Church
- That they would be safe and be given God’s comfort and love as they lavish others.
- Pray for the country of Lebanon, as they experience difficulties of an over-extended population, may they find the kindness and boldness to extend love to refugee populations.
- Finally, pray for refugees, those experiencing the pain of losing their country, that they would come to know Jesus, the giver of eternal peace. Pray for restoration of their home nations and the reuniting of families and loved ones.
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