Lebanon

Lebanon

It is shocking to think these adorable children had to flee their country to seek safety and avoid possibly being killed by Isis or the regime of their own government.  I will never forget the “60 Minutes” special I watched years ago on actual footage of the people of Syria and their children being killed by nerve gas (or weapons of mass destruction as they are often referred to).  I have never seen anything more shocking and cruel to watch a parent suffering from pain and paralysis right next to their child completely helpless to do anything for their children or themselves.  What is it like to be a child being raised in a war torn country?  The post traumatic stress is hard to fathom.  But why are these beautiful children below smiling?

These children are now receiving food, counseling, guidance and support that someone cares.  Orphan children that come into the camp in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon just over the mountains from the border of Syria often join other existing families, many with just one living parent or none at all.  In my pursuit of learning more about this situation over the years, the thing that I discovered to be the most compelling was how much the children shared how much they missed school and learning.  They also missed seeing their friends daily and playing musical instruments which brought them joy.  It brought normalcy to their chaotic circumstances.  Once this privilege of attending school was removed due to danger or schools being bombed, the awareness of how tragic their lives were really set in.  Some childrens’ daily lives were watching their parents build explosives to fight off their hometown being overtaken by the Syrian government or ISIS.

These children need food and water first.  They are the most crucial physical needs and that is what we are going to focus on.  But in this camp they are able to attend school in a real classroom and their curriculum incorporates God’s word in their teaching.  A mobile ministry truck drives around to share the gospel amongst all the people.  More Muslims are coming to know Jesus as their Savior through this ministry.  One of the amazing leaders we are working with said it so beautifully.  She said “They were not allowed to hear about the bible or learn about Jesus in Syria so maybe this had to happen so they could be brought out of their land to finally hear who he is and how he died for them.”  We no longer have to just hear the horrible stories on the news, but we can make a direct impact on the lives of these little children knowing that just more than their stomachs are being fed, but that their souls are being fed as well.  We are so excited to be a part of helping these children know how precious they are to God and to us.