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Providing Cold Waters to Thirsty Souls

“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 42:10)

MELM found new opportunities to reach out to refugees in Bikaa valey near a village called “Majdal Anjar” where we found seven small camps for Syrian refugees who survived the war and still trying to survive the hard life and the obstacles they are facing. These are small camps that are unattended to by the United Nations.

When we stopped next to each camp, and our truck full of food packages, only, couple of seconds and a bunch of refugees surrounded the truck waiting for their name to be called so they step forward to take their portion.  Our food package is the cold glass of water as the Bible says:  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25)

It is the cold water that was sent by donors to the poor refugees so their soul could be nourished. The packages contained basic nutrition elements, such as tuna, rice, oil, beans, sugar, macaroni, tomato, dates, cheese, halawa etc…  We thank our donors who always support the ministry with their generosity.

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Explaining the Meaning of Easter to Druz

And they sang a new song, saying: …because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)

It is still Easter season in our region since in Middle East this year we celebrate Easter twice because Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Easter on a different date than the Western calendar. MELM finds it a great opportunity to reach out to youth and children who rarely hear about Jesus. What a blessing to have the chance to witness to people from different religions. Therefore our target this week was the “Druz” kids who mainly live in specific area called Al Jabal it is close to a district that contains many villages in the mountain. Druz is a non-Christian sect, who believes in reincarnation, the soul never leaves the earth. It leaves the body when someone dies to reincarnate in another body that might be a human body or animal and life goes on in different shapes…

MELM prepared a program for Druz’ Children organized with the Druz community leaders and volunteers. The program was divided into two parts. One for the kids of 6 years old and younger and the other part was for the kids 7 years old and up. The program was full of activities, there was short sketch teach the kids that we only conquer the sin in prayer through Jesus Christ who gives us the power to do so. Also the program included face painting to the younger kids and some games; whereas the older kids watched Puzzle Club Easter adventure and enjoyed it. Discussing what the resurrection means was new for these kids to hear, it was new for some of them to hear about Jesus and why He died and was raised from death. They were happy to know the truth about Jesus and we had the chance to give each one of them Puzzle Club Easter Adventure story book in addition to a Bible that suits their age. Also they enjoyed the juice and cakes they had after the program.

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Druz Women costume and Veil

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Satisfy the Desires of Refugees

 “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” (Psalms 145:15-16)

“Woslo.. Woslo.. ” an arabic word means they arrived is what the refugees’ kids were shouting happily while running after our MELM car and the vehicle which was carrying the food packages we brought them. The refugees who live in Bikaa valey in tents, who wait for us to come from time to time to distribute to them the food packages that help them calm the hunger for a week or so. When MELM reached the place, the refugees went out of their tents and gathered near the food packages vehicle waiting for their name to be announced to step forward and take their share or portion. While most of the men were out somewhere trying to find a job, the women made it sure never miss the opportunity of taking the food package and carry to their tents. They were thankful and happy for what they received hoping that we come again as usual and satisfy their need.

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