Provide the greatest impact possible by giving where it is most needed this Christmas.  

What are the needs? 

Lebanon has experienced great turmoil in recent years.  The refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria has had a heavy impact on Lebanon for the last 10 years, and 2019 began a period of economic downfall, followed by political and social unrest which has been ongoing until today.  

These circumstances have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, leading many to lose their jobs and their livelihoods.  The middle class disappeared, replaced by increased poverty.  This was followed by the explosion in the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020 which destroyed one third of Beirut and whatever was left of the economy.  The size of the devastation is unimaginable. 

How will your raised funds be used? 

Raised funds will support the work of our partner, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), in bringing people the help they need in the midst of all this turmoil.  ABTS has sheltered over 70 people who have lost their homes and is helping with clean-up and food distribution for workers who are deployed to the explosion site.  

Funding will also support local churches as they identify areas of need such as food supplies, mattresses, blankets, shelter, hygiene supplies, masks and psychosocial support. 

What’s being done to help? 

The work of ABTS continues to be very strategic for the Church in the Arab world, by training leaders and equipping them to proclaim the gospel in a difficult, sometimes hostile, context.  Another important ongoing ministry is for Syrian refugee relief efforts, both remotely and onsite.  Social services and urgent health care are being subsidized, while also teaching about disease prevention and hygiene in regards to the pandemic.  

Throughout the pandemic and in the aftermath of the port explosion, ABTS continues to care for people who have lost their homes and livelihoods. 

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