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Reaching Out to Druz Kids

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Druz is a non-Christian sect, who believes in reincarnation, the soul never leave the earth it leaves the body when someone dies to reincarnate in another body that might be a human body or animal …  Rishmaya-Mount of Lebanon, is one of these villages where the Druz people live. There,  we reached out to their kids through a program that included a movie show “Puzzle Club Pet Napping Mystery”, in which the attendees learned about God’s Love and how we should accept each other no matter what the differences are, we should love each other same as Jesus loves us and died on the cross to save us. The kids learned about the importance of the Bible because it is the Word of God to us. All the attendees loved hearing about Jesus, and were very happy to receive the movie story as a gift. Also we prepared indoors activities and outdoors games and ate sweets that they enjoyed a lot. The program was successful and they asked us to come again because they wanted to know more about Jesus.

 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:14)

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Reaching out Refugees’ students

They are out of their country out of home out of school, thousands of refugees’ kids are out of schools because their parents can’t afford them education. Many societies are involved in helping these kids in their education literally and spiritually. MELM is one of these organizations that look for these kids to provide them spiritual Christian education. Therefore we visited them at a center in Bourj Hammoud suburbs in Beirut, where we were asked to explain to the kids the meaning of “Jesus is the Son of God” since it is hard for Muslims to understand that reality. The session we gave was full of questions we answered and many of these kids believed in Jesus and prayed at last. Also the program included Christian songs, and video show.  The kids were very happy to receive a Bible story gift “Jesus calms the Storm” in which they learned that Jesus has the power and authority on all creation because He created it.

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Reaching Out Through Radio Programs

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)

Whoever seeks the truth finds it, as God never hides Himself from anyone. God works in the heart of many people and changes the lives of many through Jesus Christ His only Son, the only way, truth, and life. Jesus never refuses any person who asks Him for forgiveness and salvation.

Mustafa, who comes from a Muslim background, is one of those who searched for the truth and found it in Jesus through listening to our Radio programs and studying the Bible. Mustafa wrote to us about his experience:

“You have always worked on spreading the word of God so people can live a life that pleases God; Your Christian aim is the greatest. Here is my story of how I surrendered my life to Christ.

I have studied all the Quran and memorized most of it by heart but had many questions and lot of doubts. I started listening to your radio programs to learn more about the Christian religion and every time I listened to your program I felt that there is a lot of truth in what you are saying.

I started to read and study the Bible while comparing it to the Quran, and every time I found that the Gospel of Christ is more elevated and spiritual. I tell you that I was touched by the spirit of God because of your radio program and your Bible teaching led me to the truth in Jesus.

I found myself surrendering to the fact that Jesus is Lord and Savior who can give me the salvation and the eternal life. I prayed asking Him to forgive all my sins, and since then I became His son. I wouldn’t find the truth by my own if you were not helping me through your radio programs and your correspondence letters and Bible courses books.  I thank you for all the efforts you put to help me see the true and only way “Jesus”.

Mustafa is one of many who seek the truth and God never fails in finding them. “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away”. (John 6:37)

Book Exhibition at Camp Center

The Bible says: “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.(Hosea 4:6)”

Lake of knowledge in the Word of God lead our Christian spiritual life to distortion and drift us away from the truth and from Him.

Therefore MELM visit camp centers to display Christian materials, books, and publications, to help enrich people knowledge in the Bible. MELM visited the camp center in Nabeh el Safa, where we introduced the ministry to the participants and displayed MELM books and publications on a stand. All who visited our stand loved the materials and took the publication that helps them in their Christian spiritual growth.

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”(Psalm 119:130)

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Humanitarian Aid to Chaldeans Refugees

Jesus said about the devil: “… He was a murderer from the beginning…” (John 8:44)

The Devil is a body and soul murderer. He is always behind any destruction and any dispersion; that is what he has done for the refugees in Syria and Iraq and many other countries. Chaldeans are Christians from Iraq whose houses were destroyed and they were dispersed from their country to Lebanon. They lost their homeland which they lived in for more than two thousand years. Many families lost dear ones and lost properties that were destroyed by ISIS, the devil sons, who kill and destroy in the name of Deity thinking they are doing well for their God. The Chaldeans used to live in abundance in their county Iraq; after dispersion they are living in poverty and are always in need. They are broken and lost their happy spirit to live. Grief and sadness engulf their lives emotions.

How can we make up for them? How as Christians can we help building and restoring what the devil had destroyed? It is only by our practical care and love that we can reduce some shed tears and draw a smile on sad faces.

MELM practical care has been active by giving food packages to the Chaldean refugees.  This week MELM distributed hundreds of food packages to Chaldean in Sabitieh area (suburb of Beirut). They were happy and grateful for what they received asking for more support because their need is immense.

One hand cannot clap alone, therefore we thank our donors – our other pair of hand – because without them we couldn’t afford these food packages and we couldn’t show the Christian love in a practical way.

As the Bible says: “And he (Jesus) has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister”. (1 John 4: 21)

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Holistic Outreach Bearing Fruits

War is the cause of death and dispersion, dispersion of families, death of young and old, small and big people. Would any good consequences come from war?? The answer is no!  But with God nothing is impossible; the good Lord would use the bad circumstance to change hearts and save souls eternally. Many of the refugees who we contacted before are now attending churches.

MELM prepared food packages to those poor refugees who are in need to life basic nutrition. This time we chose to follow up on those who we reached before by our holistic program knowing that many of them are attending the church now. Many of them are families who live in camps and few other in small apartments, so they can afford the rent. Some of them can’t find jobs, others have jobs but with a very little wage. Their day pass and they are not sure if they have enough money for the next meal.  Many of these families have new born babies, children less than 12 months …Many opened their heart speaking out their problems and asking for more help and food.

The need is so big, the capability is smaller than their need, but we are thankful for the generosity of our donors, knowing that your donations are making a difference in the hearts and lives of these refugees and their kids. Jesus promises rewards to all those who donate in His name when He 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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