“Fake news” reflects tension, paranoia in Lebanon

By June 14, 2024

Lebanon (MNN) — Local media in Lebanon – quoting anonymous sources – say a full-scale invasion by Israel will begin tomorrow, June 15. MNN turned to Nuna* with Triumphant Mercy Lebanon for details.

“There is an escalation. Yes. There are more battles on the ground. Yes. But having a date like that, I don’t think this is true news,” Nuna says.

Like the little boy in the fairy tale who cried wolf one too many times, Nuna says invasion warnings are a common yet toothless tune. “I don’t believe any specific dates [given] for invasion,” Nuna says.

“We have heard this for so many months now. [People say,] ‘Now – this is the crucial month, this is the time for the invasion!’”

Whether Israel invades Lebanon or not, countless needs remain. Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting in southern Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel over the past several months.

“People are losing everything. They’re losing their homes; most of them work [in] agriculture, and now their fields are burned, so they have lost the means of living,” Nuna says.

“This is tragic; going back is quite impossible for them now.”

Thousands have come to Beirut, where TM Lebanon is helping as many as possible. More about that here. The process starts with a home visit.

Gospel workers prepare to help queues of Lebanese needing relief aid.
(Photo courtesy of Triumphant Mercy Lebanon)

“We are sending them (Gospel workers) not only to assess the home [and verify claims of need] but mostly to talk about who God is and what God wants to do in their lives,” Nuna says.

“Inside their homes, there’s so much freedom to talk about the Gospel, God’s peace, and how God loves them.”

Nuna admits that starting Gospel conversations in public is difficult. “The conversation will not lead [to Christ] because of peer pressure, because there are so many people around them. But when we visit them at home, it is different,” she says.

“People are open, people are crying, people are sharing their hurts and their despair.”

Help from believers like you makes it all possible. Learn more about TM Lebanon’s work here, and follow TM Lebanon on Facebook for the latest updates.





Header and story images courtesy of Triumphant Mercy Lebanon.

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