10 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR LEBANON
Dear prayer partners,
On Saturday 6 June, people gathered in Beirut’s Martyr’s Square, shouting: “We want a better life,” seeking solutions to the economic crisis, an end to corruption and the downfall of civil war-era politicians. Fighting broke out between rival protest factions after some chanted anti-Hezbollah slogans. Some protesters threw rocks at security forces and smashed storefronts, prompting security forces to fire tear gas at protesters. The Lebanese Red Cross said 48 protesters were injured, 11 of whom were hospitalised, while the rest were treated at the scene.
This was the first time that residents, who have been demonstrating since last year October, have taken to the streets since the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ was imposed in the middle of March. The economic crisis has had a huge impact on Lebanese citizens and on refugees. Lebanon is home to an estimate of 1.5 million Syrian refugees, most of whom do not receive an income. People are frustrated and scared, as they try to survive soaring prices, and a depreciated currency.
An INcontext partner, who has been serving in Lebanon for almost two years, was overwhelmed by the needs of the Syrian refugees and local Lebanese. She was led to start a project, based on Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink…” This project is called ‘Blessed to be a blessing’*, and focuses on food parcels for the hungry – trusting that this physical food will become an opportunity to share spiritual ‘food’, and this will lead to a longing to know God, their Creator.
A local pastor shared the following: “The Church in Lebanon believes that it is their time to move and witness to people. They believe that through the economic crisis, the protests and the coronavirus, God is moving. They have witnessed ‘fruit’, souls coming to Christ, and believe it is time for the harvest.”
Please join with us in praying for Lebanon.
“Darkness is strong, but we believe the light of the Church, the light of Christ and the light of the Gospel will be stronger than any darkness.” (Local Pastor)
*If you would like to get involved in a practical way, please visit our website to learn more about the ‘Blessed to be a blessing’ project in Lebanon – https://www.incontextinternational.org/projects-lebanon/