COVID-19 and a collapsed economy are driving some people in Lebanon to despair and others to join the Islamic State, but others are finding Christ – and joy amid the gloom, sources said.
In a country where unemployment has topped 55 percent, inflation has eaten away 90 percent of the value of the Lebanese Pound and more than 60 percent of the population is in need of aid, many people are in despair.
Their sense of doom has deepened over the winter as many can no longer heat their homes, said the leader of a ministry based in Lebanon.
“Freezing temperatures impact thousands of people who live with their children in harsh conditions,” the leader said. “Many people have no access to fuel to heat their homes due to rising fuel prices. Since the beginning of November, we’ve been assisting families with vouchers to acquire fuel for their home heaters.”
About 2,000 people received fuel vouchers, he said. Snow and freezing rain hit refugees and Lebanese families at a time when several members of the ministry’s relief team were in quarantine with COVID-19. The leader said volunteers joined the remnant crew to distribute tarps and help families to drape the tarps over their makeshift shelters.
More than 2,500 people benefited from local missionaries providing blankets, mattresses, tarps, heaters, fuel vouchers, food, diapers and other winter aid.
“We are also offering health care assistance and distribution of medication,” the leader said. “Our gratitude overflows to our partners and individuals who have helped us sustain this program.”
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission