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Thank you for visiting our blog!

Thank you for visiting our blog! Starting today, we are joining together with ministry partners worldwide to share all the work we are doing globally in one place. We are creating one all-encompassing blog that will share stories of our work and also show the Gospel’s impact in other regions. We pray you will join us in this exciting new approach! Click this link to visit the new blog:https://www.lhm.org/newsroom/global.asp

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Thank you for visiting our blog and letting us share with you what God is doing! This blog will be making a transition starting in June. We will join together with ministry partners around the world who are also working to share the light of the Gospel in their countries. All of us will post stories of Gospel impact to one central blog. You will be able to see how the Good News is being shared globally. Stay tuned for the new blog link and join us on June 1st!

Holistic Relief to the Refugees in Northern Iraq

 

In July 2014, ISIS attacked the Christian towns and villages in Nineveh region forcing them to leave everything behind. All the villages of Nineveh valley of Iraq became rapidly empty as no one dared to stay. All the Iraqi Christians were forced to quickly leave the land of their ancestors without being able to take anything with them. They were given a 48 hour ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay the gizya (high tax per person) or leave.

More than 350,000 Christians were dislocated and up-rooted from their homes. They are now scattered in Northern Iraq. Tens of thousands of them live in camps packed with caravans that consist of one room and a small bathroom. These were prepared for the refugees to cover their basic needs. Others are staying in several large warehouses and abandoned buildings – which are not in service anymore – where every four families are sharing one bathroom.

Even though Nineveh region was liberated from ISIS few months ago, the Christians were not able to return to their homes as %78 of the town’s houses and infrastructure was either totally destroyed or burned.

Many of them were depressed as the basic reparation of their houses and the development of the infrastructure of their towns and villages will take a long time before they are able to return home.

The situation of Iraqi refugees touched our hearts and we felt the great need that is existing among them in the Kurdish territories of Northern Iraq. LHM Lebanon director traveled there to provide humanitarian aid to cover a small part of the refugees’ needs, but more importantly to show the love and care of Lutheran Hour Ministry to them. We brought for these needy refugees more than 300 packages of food with children coloring Bible books and detergents. We spent three days in different locations in Northern Iraq focusing on the neediest and neglected camps.

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I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Something To Eat

 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat …‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25: 35, 40)

It is been 3 years since the Iraqi refugees fled Iraq to Lebanon due to ISIS attack and persecutions. They left their homes empty handed running for their lives.  Thousands of Them came to Lebanon hoping to find a shelter. Most of them are very poor, have no money to afford a basic living and essential nutrition.

LHM care about the Iraqi refugees needs, therefore, by the generosity of our donors we provided the Christian Iraqis with food packages that feed their needs for few days. LHM team visited the Chaldean Iraqi center in Sabtieh, Beirut, and distributed hundreds of food packages. It is one of our Christian calls, and our privilege to obey our Lords’ order by helping our brothers and sisters who are in need.

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Reaching Out Street Kids

“Because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.” (Job 29:12)

Home of Hope is a center in Kahale-Lebanon, supported by the government to embrace the street children and take care of their wellbeing and their education, a place called home, instead of going back to the street.

MELM prepared a special program for Easter it was an opportunity to witness to the street children once more about Jesus and the meaning of His resurrection. The program included singing Christian hymns, Bible story, and craft of an empty tomb made by a cup and  a stick hanged from inside written on it “Jesus is Risen Indeed” in which the street children learned about Jesus redemption and the eternal life He provides us when we accept His salvation.

A discussion followed the program to make sure they got the Christian message. The kids were very happy to get the Bible story “My Happy Easter Book”, and Chocolate eggs as gifts.

It was not the first time these kids hear about Jesus, but every time they hear about Him they fall in love with Him again and again and pray asking Him to be their Lord and savior.

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Bookfair

“…devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” (Timothy 2:13)

The MELM participated in the bookfair in Antelias, where we displayed our Christian materials and publications. Hundreds of people, religious leaders, Christians, and non-Christians the books exhibition many bought our materials to enrich their knowledge about Christianity. School students enjoyed Bible study books, our arch book bible stories and DVDs such as Puzzle Club series especially “PC Easter Adventure”.

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Whoever Is Kind To The Poor Lends To The Lord

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Proverbs 19: 17)

The act of kindness to the poor was shown by the generosity of our donors, who contributed to support the food packages relief program to the refugees living in Lebanon. LHM team visited camps in Bikaa valley where Syrian refugees live in tents, facing lack of nutrition, with the absence of basic needs. The refugees were very grateful for the food packages they received from LHM considering it act of kindness and care. LHM thanks all our donors who donated from the heart to help the poor and feed the hunger knowing that you lend the Lord and He will reward you for what you have done.

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