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Street Children Hearing about Jesus’ Resurrection

Overview about street children

As we mentioned in previous post :  “The anomaly of children street beggars is one that has been increasing alarmingly over the past decade in Lebanon. Whether they are of Lebanese origin or otherwise, the Home of Hope, welcomes and assists those disparate individuals. The Home of Hope can only house a limited number of children, and of those housed, not all actually see the program to its end.

A demographic analysis indicates that the majority of street children in Lebanon are of a non-Lebanese origin, the majority being Syrian or Palestinian refugees. Street children of Lebanese origin are more likely to be from the poorer North, South and Bekaa areas. Usually, boys constitute a higher proportion of street children, as they are more prone to evading abusive homes, according to the UNICEF. These children are also exploited by mobs to gather money, and therefore experience the same atrocities explained above. (Elie Mikhael, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Childhood, attributes its causes to the need of the child to escape domestic pressure and violence, or to aid the family financially, wherein children are abused physically and sexually if they fail to hand over the money collected.)”

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Street Children Hearing about Jesus’ Resurrection

MELM is always on follow up with Street children, therefore we visited them at Home of Hope center, where they live, during Easter season, and spent with them a full day program in cooperation of the CEF team. The program included Christian songs, Easter story with its crafts, verse memorization,  and many demonstration tools like eggs that helped  the children understood why Jesus was crucified, died, and was risen on the third day.  The Children were very happy, enjoyed every activity during the day, and many prayed asking Jesus to be their Lord and the king of their hearts. In addition, every one of them got a Bible story Arch Books series “My Happy Easter Book” in Arabic language.

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Reaching Out to Needy Christian Iraqi Refugees

Around 18,000 Christians have fled Iraq to escape the persecution by the Islamic State (ISIS) and came to the safety of Lebanon.

Most are seeking to be resettled in West to be able to provide a better future for their families. They are very pessimistic about returning to their own home. Their exile is permanent. “Islamic State is in my village, and I’ll never go back to Iraq,” they told us.

Another Iraqi Christian woman from the village of Telkeif near Mosul, said the specter of sexual violence at the hands of Islamic State fighters triggered her family’s flight from Iraq. “I left in fear that my daughters may be raped and my husband attacked by ISIS,” she said, asking not to be identified.

We heard many stories from the Christian Iraqi refugees that reveal the traumatic experiences that they faced while they fled from the criminal atrocities of ISIS.

MELM noticed their suffering and observed their needs and prepared holistic support packages for three hundred Iraqi families and their children. Two TV channels (New TV and Al-Hurra TV) documented the event which was later broadcasted on TV during the news segment.

Each family received 3 kg of rice, 3 kg of wheat groats (bergol), 2 kg of sugar, 2 liters of oil, tomato sauce, 4 potions of pasta, 2 portion of Tuna fish, 2 portions of sardine, 2 portions of cheese, meat cans, Halawa, Foul, beans and salt.

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Reaching out to the Syrian Women Refugees

Syrian women refugees are living in the poorest areas in Lebanon some live in tents and some other live in poor bad situation buildings. In Bikaa, Lebanon, Syrians are now approximately half the population, most of them are women and children.   The women would accept to work anything in a low wages on a daily basis; most of their jobs are in the fields as farmers where they pick vegetables during the harvest times. On another hand, the need pushes some Syrian girls to prostitute themselves for 7$. In addition many of them face health problems due to lack of hygiene.

MELM is finding ways to reach out to the Syrians refugees women; therefore, we manage to gather some of them in Zahle, using a Christian congregation hall sharing the Love of God through a message from the Bible and a presentation in which they learned how much they are valuable to God who cares for each one of them.  We encouraged them to believe in Him as Lord and Savior and to surrender all situations good or bad to Him. Also they enjoyed learning and singing Christian songs.

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It is very important for Syrian women refugee to read the Bible but most of them are illiterate; Therefore, MELM distributed memory cards that fits in their mobiles and contain a recorded Bible, hymns, and Bible study sessions. They could listen to the Bible in Arabic language and enrich their knowledge in the Word of God.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All attendees were blessed and shared testimonies of what they learned from the program. They were very happy to have the memory card as a gift in addition to a pin of praying hands.

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Reaching Out Syrian Refugees Students in Bikaa Valey

MELM prepared a full day program for Syrian refugees students at Miral school center in Bikaa valley-Lebanon. The program was divided into three parts. First part, was the spiritual part, in which the students watched the Puzzle Club Easter Adventure DVD, learned and sang Christian songs. Refugees Students are Muslims who live in tents, sleep on the ground, face rough life. For them hearing about Jesus, knowing about His unconditional love showed on the cross to save us, rising on the third day to give us life, and He is alive living with us to help us, all that was a new story for them to hear.

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As Jesus said:  “… Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16)  The children were touched by the message, and when we asked them, if anyone believes in Jesus and would like to pray with us, they all prayed asking Jesus to come to their hearts and be their Lord. We pray that the Word of God they heard had fell as a good seed on a good soil in their hearts, same as when Jesus talked about The Parable of the Sower : “Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.( Matthew 13:8)

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The second part was the outdoors activities, in which with the help of volunteers the students played several games with excitement and joy  and learned how to be disciplined and honest in a fun way.

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The third part was the lunch time in which we prepared a meal and distributed it to each student. Through the lunch time the students learned how to thank Jesus for the food and for all His blessings, and with a big smile and happiness they ate and were blessed and thankful.

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