Minutes after an explosion ripped through Beirut on August 4, the first reports came in: the grain supply was on fire.
Pictures of the decimated port show the silos heavily damaged with grain seeping from their crumbling walls. With every speck of grain now covered in ash and dust, Lebanon’s future looks bleaker. Lebanon was already in a financial crisis, and the damaged silos told a story of an even harder future.
Pierre Houssney of Horizons International says, “Lebanon itself has sunk into a level of destitution that it has never seen before, even in the days of the Civil War, from 1975 to 1990. We have never seen anything like this. Lebanon has become really such a destitute country.”
Fighting the food shortage
In the name of Jesus, Horizons International is helping Lebanese get food in this desperate time. But they also have a longer-term plan. Houssney says, “We’re acquiring a piece of land so that we can start producing food locally and . . . provide people with gainful employment. Most of the people that work the land right now in that area are really being taken advantage of by the agricultural industry.”
Houssney compares the current situation of those who work the land in Lebanon to serfdom. The people who own the land have all the leverage and can pay very bad wages for good agricultural work.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray this farm will feed and employ many Lebanese.
- Consider supporting Horizons International as they provide aid to Lebanon.
- Pray many Lebanese would find hope in Christ.