Right before Christmas we committed to help 50 Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in Beirut. The pandemic and the Beirut explosion in the fall led to the economic crisis in Lebanon. Already struggling, these families were on the verge of starvation or eviction from their modest apartments. The funds from WMA got held up by the bank in Beirut. The pastors in Beirut were told it was for security reasons. Working on getting these funds released was extremely frustrating since we were in a rush to help the families. When it was finally accomplished, and the funds were distributed, it became clear that it happened truly at God’s “appointed time”.
Many refugees wept as they received the financial help. It was delivered to them on the day the Lebanese government announced the impending complete lock down, which meant that even those who had a source of income, would not have it soon. It was the day when most of them lost all hope, their refrigerators were empty, and some were facing evictions.
When the refugees read the notes of love and Christmas wishes that many of WMA partners included with the gift, some said “Jesus must really love us. He sent help at the right time”.
The Beirut pastors were moved deeply as well, here’s what they wrote: “We have always felt blessed by the support of World Missions Alliance and the WMA team members who have ministered in Beirut together with us. Even though you can’t come physically, you have still not forgotten us!”
Your help and prayers arrived on time, provided food and shelter, encouraged all, but most importantly, magnified the name of Jesus in the most powerful way – the way of LOVE!
Helen and I are deeply thankful for every WMA partner who participated in this outreach. With great anticipation we look forward to ministering in Beirut Sept 20-30, 2021. I believe by faith that much fruit shall be gathered from the “seeds” planted during Christmas outreach.