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31 January 2019
This is a guest blog post by Tom Atema, co-founder of Heart for Lebanon. We supported Heart for Lebanon in our 2018 Christmas Appeal.
Heart for Lebanon is a non-denominational Christian organization that is creating faith-defining environments that give under-resourced families and children in Lebanon the chance to encounter God and grow spiritually.
This pyramid shows you the roadmap that Heart for Lebanon is using to stay focused on our mission and vision.
While the Syrian refugees are in Lebanon as temporary guests, Heart for Lebanon’s Outreach Family Care starts with meeting the physical needs of each refugee family to sustain life in a hostile environment. Our Children-at-Risk environment allows us to reach children with solid academic and spiritual education through the H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty through Education) program. The Hope On Wheels environment allows us to reach many children right where they live – in the tent settlements – on a consistent basis. These access ministries (level 1) allow us to build trust to create relationships with the people we serve (level 2). Both are done unconditionally and holistically.
What follows soon after is a personal invitation to join a Bible study environment (level 3). This environment is where we talk about relationships, peace-building, reconciliation, dignity, respect, and many more life topics from a biblical perspective. Many come to faith in Jesus Christ and most of them desire to join one of our two Worship Gatherings (level 4). It’s in this environment that we encourage them and deepen their faith and each person can begin to discover and use their gifts, talents, and pray for one another.
Out of this group of discipled believers we are building a new community of servant leaders (level 5). Converts from Islam and believers in Christ as their personal saviour are leading others to believe in Him and are discipled to grow in their faith and to follow Jesus with humility and integrity. Heart for Lebanon is committed to help equip leaders from within the refugee population who will lead their respective families and communities into a brighter future for Syria.
Heart for Lebanon’s commitment is to raise up new communities of faith: loving, caring, forgiving communities led by Godly leaders. Someday they will return to Syria with God-like character and the skills necessary to help rebuild Syria as Biblical servant leaders.
For more about the work of Heart for Lebanon, and to find out how to offer your support and prayer, visit their website.