Lebanon faces the coronavirus with a weakened economy and vulnerable refugee population, while the Church seeks to image Christ to the country.
Wissam Nasrallah of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) says, “One of the good things our government has done is imposed a lockdown early enough in the in the virus outbreak. So, it has been relatively contained.”
Indeed, Lebanon now has just over 600 cases, very low compared to many other countries. But Wissam says, “The fear is if the virus spreads and the health care system is overwhelmed, we would probably witness a similar scenario as in Italy or other places.”
While the refugee camps have so far avoided a serious outbreak, Nasrallah says the consequences could be catastrophic. “The main, basic things to do with a virus [are] wash your hands, have really good hygiene, and exercise social distancing. Both of which are not possible in refugee camps where families have eight or nine live in one room. And a lot of them don’t have running water and access to proper hygiene.”
Any sort of large outbreak would overwhelm Lebanon’s healthcare system, let alone one in the refugee camps.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to prevent a severe coronavirus outbreak in Lebanon.
- Pray that the Church in Lebanon would bear witness to the risen Christ.
- Ask God to make it clear to Christians around the world how this can, “Be the time of the Church.”