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Reaching Out Iraqis’ Refugees Kids

Under the threat of death or conversion by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), thousands of Christians have fled Iraq over the last months. Many of them are a refuge in Lebanon even though they are living in need because it is hard for them to find a job due to the Lebanese bad economy and it is hard for them to rent a house because it is very expensive …. MELM is finding ways to help Iraqis, showing them the Christian love through its ministry, preparing events and relief for them, sharing the Bible message with them and their kids. Lately, MELM prepared a program for Iraqis’ kids that included learning hymns, games, and watching the “PC Pet napping mystery”. The kids enjoyed the movie a lot, and were able to learn all the Christian lessons that the movie taught. They were happy to have the movie story as a gift, and they asked us to come again and teach them more about Jesus.

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Outreach to Refugees’ Children in Tent of God’s Love

It feels happiness for the MELM team to serve the Lord among the refugees specially their children through many ways using many illustrations to help them understand how much Jesus loves them and cares for them. The MELM team with volunteers visited a tent in the Bikaa valley called “Tent of God’s Love” a place where the refugees’ children gather to learn about social education and God’s love. Through craft making of a butterfly, they learned how a worm could transform to be a free beautiful butterfly; similarly any human being could transform from slavery of sin to the freedom of a new creation in Jesus Christ through His salvation.

The program also included a movie show “Puzzle Club Pet Napping Mystery” that helped teach the children about accepting and loving each other same as Jesus loves them and accepts them. A fruitful discussion took place after the movie and everyone got the movie story book; chocolate and juice were distributed and the kids were very happy and thankful. 

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Holistic Ministry to refugees

LHM local staff and international directors have been taking part in helping nurture refugees’ kids and teaching them hymns and showing them Christian movies, and distributing our ministries children books. They are not like other regular school kids, some of them can’t read and the rest can barely read, their homes are now tents in Bikaa valley, tents made from cloth. When they install the tent, they use candles during the night which cause some tents to catch flame and be on fire; as electricity is not installed yet. These are refugees from Syria which occupy most of the empty lands in the Bekaa valley of Lebanon.

Incredibly, during the day we see these kids playing in the fields with mud enjoying the smallest simple things; while some other attend a humble school free of charge that helps them learn the alphabet, basic reading and writing, hopefully it will be a door for them to get properly educated in the future. Most of them depend on relief packages, food, clothes, medicals…

Last week MELM saw their great need and visited the school were we taught them about Jesus, His love, His acceptance and His care for them through a movie “ Puzzle Club Pet napping” which they loved a lot. We taught them a hymn about the Almighty God. In addition we distributed the movie story for them to take to their tents, with some sweets to enjoy.

Moreover, we also visited their parents at their tents and distributed about 70 food packages, in addition to providing milk to babies below the age of two.

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Holistic Mission to Syrian Refugees in Bikaa Valley -Lebanon

Poorness, neediness, sickness, sadness, nutrition-less, coldness, all these we found in the Bikaa Valley. Words cannot express the situation of the refugees who escaped death that invaded their home towns in Syria stealing the souls of more than 250,000 lives as a result of this savage war that raged for four years with no end in sight.

The LHM Middle East office have heard the need and launched a holistic relief program that addresses the needs of the people who are staying in tents with no assets what so ever. Our LHM team responded to help the refugees through spiritual nutrition and food packages that feed their hunger of soul and body. In addition, MELM took care of babies by distributing milk and diapers to every family with children below one years old.

Jesus said: “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42)

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