Lebanon (MNN) — Lebanon ups the cost of subsidized bread for the fifth time in a year. The latest hike is nearly 20-percent more than February’s increase. Plus, a top European Union official warns that if leaders cannot form a cabinet, Lebanon could face even more sanctions.
“We already have so many sanctions – on certain politicians, on the governor of the central bank, on many of the ministers,” Nuna* from Triumphant Mercy Lebanon says.
“I don’t know how much more we can go. Nothing is working.”
Earlier this month, Lebanon’s currency fell to a new record low. Daily essentials are in short supply. “There is no fuel; the electricity is not coming. It’s really a downfall and I don’t see the end of it,” Nuna says.
The number of people living in extreme poverty tripled between 2019 and 2021. The World Bank predicts Lebanon’s economic and financial crisis will rank as one of the worst in modern history unless officials take corrective action.
However, opportunity follows every tragedy.
“Because of the economic collapse, $1 now is 10 times its value in Lebanese pound. So, when people send $100 to a church, it goes a long way; it helps many more people than $100 [did] a year ago,” Nuna says.
By helping neighbors in need, believers get a chance to talk about Christ. Visit Triumphant Mercy’s website to send physical help and the hope of Jesus.
“I praise God for all the churches all over the world that are standing by us; from the States to Canada, UK, China, to Australia. Many churches are standing by the Church of Lebanon,” Nuna says.
“We are one body and we are not left alone. It doesn’t make it easy, but this is an encouragement – that we are not alone.”
Lebanese believers distribute food and other relief aid. (Photo courtesy Triumphant Mercy Lebanon)