“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people. especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Letter from HOPEww Lebanon
Brothers and sisters, With utmost gratitude and love, we address this letter to express inexplicable feelings of being embraced and surrounded by the support we received from you all. Our beloved country, Lebanon, has been bombarded on every aspect for a period of 45 years. Born and raised during this period of instability and insecurity, made us more susceptible to despair with vulnerable souls ready to face any form of agony and loss, yet resilient to take the initiative to be proactive disciples and citizens relying on our heavenly father as a savior and source of relief and hope.
The date August 4th, manifested a turning point in the history of our country and humanity. The city of Beirut has witnessed a devastating explosion that was rated as one of the biggest nonnuclear ten explosions ever occurred in the world throughout the history of mankind. The consequences were huge for a small country of 10,452 km2. 204 people were confirmed dead, and more than 6,500 injured, homes as far as 10 kilometers (6 miles) away were completely damaged and up to 300,000 were left homeless.
Living in a corrupted country with no government plan and no resources to rescue and support those who were directly or indirectly affected, HOPEww- Lebanon rallied along other NGOs to aid and help through the disciples, friends and acquaintances using our skills, houses, and any means of support that can be used to support. With very limited resources and hearts filled with grief, we were confident that God will allow this disaster to transform our hopeless hearts by putting our faith into practice and allowing His Word and our prayers to motivate and direct us. We decided to offer our own acts of service through cleaning up the glass and rubble from the streets and gathering donations from each other and people around us to help in any way possible.
Yet, God had a different rescue plan! The overwhelming concern and support from our spiritual families around the entire world and HOPEww Global poured like refreshing rain to our desperate hearts. Our minds could not fathom the huge amount of love being offered through all means of communication earthly and spiritually. At that time, we were able to understand and grasp the reality of what we have believed for years that we are an indispensable part of ONE universal family, the Church of Christ. This motivated us further to serve and give, knowing that WE ARE NOT ALONE in this mess!
Your generosity has allowed us to enter houses and reflect God’s hope to Lebanese survivors and pray with them. We were able to see fascinated faces smile again and feeling cared for. We were able to restore the broken glass of more than 50 houses in areas surrounding the explosion. We were able to help till date more than 500 families with food parcels amongst which are disciples and their families. HOPEww- Lebanon has been able to gain a credible name among other well-known and reputable NGO’s and partner with them to distribute other basic needs like milk, diapers, heaters, and clothing, paving the way to further projects planned for the coming years.
Thank you for sharing your very lives and giving from your own needs. Thank you for manifesting God’s love and applying His Word: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” We “take joy and encouragement in your love, because you, brothers (and sisters) have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”
Bringing Hope. Changing Lives