Heart For Lebanon Working with Local Churches to Rebuild Lebanese Communities After Beirut Explosion

Heart For Lebanon workers cleaning up after the explosion. (Photo courtesy of Heart For Lebanon on Facebook)

Over the weekend, Lebanese began taking to the streets for angry protests, even clashing with police. All this comes in the wake of the Beirut explosion that killed at least 200 people, injured thousands, and left over 300,000 people without homes.

Monday night, the Lebanese Prime Minister and his government stepped down. Tom Atema of Heart For Lebanon says, “That’s a lot of what the protests and the politicians are trying to say: ‘Listen, we’ve been yelling about this since October that this is a corrupt country. And you might have fooled my grandfather and my father, but you’re not fooling us. You all need to go.’”

Many Lebanese were deeply affected by French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Beirut on Friday. Pictures show him walking through the streets, embracing protestors. Many Lebanese have repeated the same sentiment: this is something our politicians and leaders would never have done. “As the weekend was beginning, the French Prime Minister was there and that was a sign of solidarity. ‘We’re for all for you. We’re going to help you.’ But it’s quickly turned into, ‘Can we become a colony of France again?’”

Aid to Lebanon

France and the United Nations have organized millions of dollars in aid to Lebanon. The world leaders also insist that these relief measures be administered to the people directly so as to avoid further corruption from the Lebanese government.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that Lebanon will have good leaders installed who care about the people.
  • Pray that as Christians help those in need, many would be drawn to the love of Christ.

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