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Apreciation Award for LHM

Iraqi Christians escaped the massacres caused by ISIS and left their country and the land of their ancestors. They were forcibly uprooted from their homes and were broken and terrified. A mass exodus occurred toward the neighboring countries of Iraq. Some of these survivors went to Jordan, others went to Turkey, and others came to Lebanon.

Many Iraqi Christians arrived to Lebanon empty handed. They 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 emotions.

The stories of Iraqi Christian refugees in Lebanon touched our hearts and we felt the great need that is existing among them in our country. Lutheran Hour Ministry office director realized that the need is bigger than what we have to offer, since the Iraqi refugees in Lebanon count by the thousands. So he met with the Iraqi committee for the support of refugees and coordinated with them the best way to support the refugees. It is time to put hand in hand and work to help our brothers and sisters in humanity with their needs.

LHM director with the Iraqi Refugee Committee

Since two years, Lutheran Hour Ministry has been there for Iraqis, helping to fill their needs by distributing hundreds of food packages to them. From the suburbs of Beirut they gathered to take food packages in Sabtieh center. They were happy and grateful for what they received asking for more support because their need is immense.

LHM did not forget the kids and distributed many gift boxes that contain Bible stories, coloring books and candies to Iraqi refugees’ kids. They felt grateful for what they got from us and were touched by this act of love.

Furthermore, new born babies came along while they are waiting, these babies and infants need basic nutrition, families are becoming larger, and so the need is also becoming larger. Therefore, LHM responded to this need by providing nutrition packages that include milk, diapers, wipes and anti-bacterial for new born till 2 years old kids in addition to some other basic nutrition elements like rice food cans and hygiene bottles. Iraqis parents were happy to receive these packages and were grateful and thankful for LHM.

LHM provides 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. In all what LHM is doing, we seek to comply with Christ’s teachings that he is in the hungry and the helpless, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in …” (Mathew 25:35-40).

However, our strong commitment to the refugees did not go unnoticed. The Iraqi bishop with members of the Refugee Committee visited our office and thanked us for our continuous support to the Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and provided us with an Award expressing their appreciation for our efforts and dedication.

 

Mothers’ Day to Syrian Refugees Moms

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me…” (Isaiah 49:15,16)

That verse was the subject of our MELM Syrian refugee’s women program for Mothers’ Day. We gathered them in Oum Mohamad the camp leader tent, where we shared with them the Gospel message, and how our loving God scarified His only son on the cross to save us and to give us eternal life with Him. It is the mom who would do anything for her kids to see them safe and happy. If a child got lost, she would run the world to find him/her, she would never cease searching until she finds her child.  Even though, a mother might forget her baby, but God would never forget us as He has engraved every one of us on the palms of His Hands.

We had a long discussion and they were pleased to hear to Gospel message. Also we distributed gifts to them and clothes. Each mom chose two pieces of clothes that fit her kids. They were very happy and felt the Christian love, and asked us to come again for another program.

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…Bring the Nations (Refugees) To The Church

Many of the refugees we reach out through food packages and follow up on them through Christian programs consistently attend the church. By the cooperation with church pastors we visited the church center in Zahle and distributed 100 food packages to the needy refugees who attend the church on weekly basis.  In the past, many people followed Christ for many reasons. Some of them followed Him to see miracles; others followed Him to be fed after they saw His fish and bread miracle and some others followed Him because they loved Him and loved his teaching. However, in all cases all who followed Him heard His teaching, and listened to the Word of God from His mouth. Nowadays, there might be many refugees attending the church for many reasons, miracles, food, or to listen to the Gospel only. In all cases all of them are getting fed by both, materialistic food, and spiritual food. We pray that all the efforts and the opportunities were put for them to listen to the truth in Jesus Christ that will lead to their salvation and to glorify God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “Whoever has ears, let them hear”(Matthew 13: 43)

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When The Seed fell into good Soil

“A sower went out to sow his seed…And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 8: 4-8)

One day we went out to sow what God has given us to give, food packages. There in a far land in Anjar Lebanon we visited a refugee’s camp where we met Yasmine (Jasmine in English). I asked Yasmine how old are you? 12 she replied. Do you go to school? I asked. She said “yes”. I continued by asking “Do they teach you about Jesus at your school?” “No” she replied, BUT I do read about Jesus, I have a book that I hide and I read it every day, the book tells me stories about Jesus… I answered: wow Yasmine this is wonderful what is the name of the book you read? She said: “The Holy Bible, but I hide it so no one could ruin it”.

Do you love Jesus Yasmine? “Yes” Yasmine answered. Do you pray for Jesus? “No”

“Well Yasmine I want to tell you an important thing, you have to know that Jesus loves you so much! And He wants you to be His daughter, if you pray for Him, He will listen. Pray for Him and ask Him to come to your heart, to forgive your sins, and give you eternal life. He will listen, and will come to your heart and will be with you always!” will you pray for Him? Yasmine was positive and said “yes” with a big smile on her face. At the end I promised Yasmine who loved to read, to bring her many Bible stories next time when we visit her. She felt very excited to get more stories about Jesus and very happy to hear about His love to her.

Delivering food to the needy to nourish their bodies is very important, but delivering spiritual food from the Word of God to nourish their souls and their spiritual life is the most important.

We pray that Yasmine grow in faith, and be that good soil who received the seed and grew and yielded a hundredfold…

“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)

 

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YASMINE’s Friends

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