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Published on 11 April, 2013

Crisis overflows from Syria into Lebanon

Lebanon (MNN) — Over 3,000 people cross Syria's border into Lebanon
every single day. Exactly one year ago, there were only 10,000 Syrian
refugees in Lebanon.

Today, there are over 400,000 seeking
safety in a country with a population of little more than four million.
The masses of people are getting bottlenecked in Sidon, so the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees opened a new and bigger
registration center in Tyre, southern Lebanon, on April 9.

At
the same time, the United Nations is only days away from being forced to
cut back basic aid programs because of a lack of funding. Health care,
food aid, and housing programs are most at risk to one of the largest
refugee communities in the region.

One Global Advance couple
working in Lebanon is using the opportunity to be the hands and feet of
God. The couple said most of these refugees do not come to Lebanon with
anything more than the clothes on their backs. In a news release they
said, "With such a great need comes great opportunity to be the hands
and feet of Jesus to those who are in such a desperate situation."

No
matter what religious background the refugees are from, the couple has
noticed that the refugees are open to hearing more about Jesus. Because of
this, they have started to hold an outreach inside the camp.

The ministry model
is simple: put vision in the hearts and tools in the hands of key
indigenous leaders around the world so that they can reach their "world"
and beyond.

This couple writes:  

 "Syria surrounds
Lebanon on its northern and eastern border causing the ongoing civil
war in our largest neighboring country to greatly impact our nation.
Besides disturbing our already sensitive political situation, Lebanon
has been flooded with refugees from the war. Some days we see over
50,000 Syrians crossing the border in a single day, and according to
authorities, the amount of refugees living in Lebanon has reached
around 289,000. Most of these refugees come with only the clothes on
their backs and are living in very dire circumstances. With such a
great need comes great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to
those who are in such a desperate situation. We found that even though
these refugees come from a different religious background, they are
wanting to know more about Jesus. So, we decided to hold an outreach
inside their camp…. We took a team of over 100 volunteers with food,
clothes, medicine and Bibles. I was able to share about Jesus to over
500 adults, and when given the opportunity to receive Jesus, almost all
in the room raised their hands. Halleluiah! How amazing it is to see God
use these circumstances to draw hearts to Him. Please continue to pray
for us as we continue to minister to these refugees. We have been
serving them on a weekly basis for 8 months non-stop, regardless of bad
weather. So far, we have been able to reach more than 500 families. Praise God for what He is doing!"

Pray for this couple as
they continue to minister to refugees. They are serving them on a
weekly basis, no matter the weather. Pray for safety.

 

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