Robbers target NGOs in Lebanon

By January 5, 2022

Lebanon (MNN) — Resources intended to help the poorest of the poor in Lebanon now fill the pockets of bandits. Lebanon’s Central Security Council recently installed more checkpoints to prevent a rising tide of theft.

“Because we don’t have a banking system that’s working, people carry cash, and this is a big risk,” Nuna of Triumphant Mercy Lebanon says.

“Ministries and other NGOs, even the secular NGOs, [are] reporting people [robbing] them because they know NGOs are helping people and always have money with them.”

So far, none of Triumphant Mercy’s workers have been robbed, but thieves broke in last month and stole a generator. Nuna says she’s considering installing cameras or hiring a security guard.

“I can do what I can, but at the end of the day, I [say], ‘Everything is Yours, Jesus. You protect Your stuff; You protect Your money.’”

Lebanon’s financial and economic crisis is one of the worst in modern history. Frequent power cuts plunge Beirut and other major cities into darkness, giving criminals plenty of opportunities. More Lebanon headlines here.

Pray the Lord will protect ministries like Triumphant Mercy Lebanon so they can make Christ known in tangible ways. “I’m asking that there will be angels protecting all the equipment so it will be beneficial for the Kingdom and not just be stolen,” Nuna says.

Ask God to give Nuna and other leaders wisdom. Pray they can find clever “workarounds” to avoid theft and continue their ministry.

“The Bible says that Satan comes only to steal, kill and destroy. All the stealing is not just a random act; it is an act of the devil.”

 

 

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