World Bank Extends Financial Lifeline to Lebanon; Heart for Lebanon Shows and Shares the Hope of Jesus Christ

The “bad news” seems never-ending, but hope remains. (Photo courtesy of Heart for Lebanon)

The World Bank extends one more year of financial aid to Lebanon despite political bickering. Directors warn Lebanon’s leaders must take urgent action to save the country.

Inflation reached 206-percent in April and Lebanon’s currency dropped yet again last week, plunging the bedraggled nation further into despair. Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema says there are shortages on everything from electricity to fuel to bread. “That affects our ministry in two ways,” he says.

“Number one, everything costs more so it makes life more expensive. At the same time, about 78-percent of the total population in Lebanon needs some kind of food assistance to survive, and that number is becoming more desperate every day.”

Divisions are deepening among Lebanon’s newly-elected Parliament members. Fighting between parties that are for and against Hezbollah is taking priority over much-needed reform.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Lebanese believers. They’re staying put to care for people in need, instead of leaving the country to benefit themselves.

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