Don’t Forget Beirut

We could call 2020 “the year of disaster,” but I prefer to call it “the year of opportunity.” Yes, terrible things have happened and are continuing to happen, but in times of trouble the people of God have opportunity to walk out what James calls “pure and undefiled religion.”

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27 TLV)

There are many ways to do this. Let me remind you of one more. Nearly six weeks ago, on August 4, 2020, a massive explosion rocked the city of Beirut. The devastation is still there. The people are still hurting. Those who are able to give aid are doing so, but their resources are stretched very thin. Please pray, and in praying ask if you can help in other ways.

The Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) has just released another video update that you will find both encouraging and challenging. Take a look, and consider how to help:

If you are moved to help, start right now by praying for the people of Beirut and all of Lebanon. Then go to the Middle East Bible Outreach (MEBO) website and give as you are able.

Beirut Still Needs Help

It’s been over two weeks since the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. As The Barking Fox shared, the shock of the explosion was devastating – and that says a lot for a country that’s suffered a generation of civil war, external conflict, instability, and terrorism. 

What has happened since then? The Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) has just released a video update that you will find both encouraging and challenging. Encouraging in that good people doing the Lord’s work are making a difference in the lives of their neighbors. Challenging in that the need is so great. Please watch, pray, and consider what you can do to help make a difference in a land God loves.

Will it not be just a very little while before Lebanon turns into a garden, and a garden will seem like a forest?
In that day the deaf will hear words of a book, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
The meek will add to their joy in Adonai, and the needy of humanity will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 29:17-19, TLV)

If you are moved to help, start right now by praying for the people of Beirut and all of Lebanon. Then go to the Middle East Bible Outreach (MEBO) website and give as you are able.

Help Beirut

Did you see what happened in Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, 2020? If you saw it, do you understand the magnitude of what happened? There are many unanswered questions, but as of now we know – 

    • 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of Beirut ignited and exploded with the force greater than that of the nuclear bomb that destroyed Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.
    • Hundreds are dead, thousands are injured, and thousands more are missing.
    • 300,000 people are now homeless.
    • Lebanon remains gripped by endless unrest and disaster that has kept its people in fear, despair, and great need for a generation.
    • There is a way to help.

Dr. Nabil Costa of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) joined us on Prayer Surge Now!  this morning to tell us about the situation he and his colleagues are facing in Beirut. If anything, it is more desperate than what you see on the news. This is the time for God’s people to provide help as we can. This is a chance for us to come together across denominational, confessional, and ethnic lines to help those who might otherwise perish. LSESD has shared a short video to help us understand:

If you are moved to help, start right now by praying for the people of Beirut and all of Lebanon. Then go to the Middle East Bible Outreach (MEBO) website and give as you are able.

via Help Beirut – MEBO