Lebanon Refugee Outreach
In 2011 an attempt at a peaceful revolution began a crisis that led to the biggest refugee crisis of modern times. Over 12 million Syrians were displaced by the resulting violence with 5.6 million fleeing the country.
As has been previously reported, our partner the Free Evangelical Association of Lebanon (FEAL) have been supporting & ministering to those refugees since that terrible disaster began, over eight years ago now. WorldShare has partnered with FEAL for the past 25 years as they seek to help the people of that region by catering to their physical & spiritual needs, ministering through their local church network. When the refugee crisis began they were well placed to help support those in most need, & so set up their Oasis programme, reaching out through various initiatives such as: supplying basic necessities & medical care, providing education for children & adults, offering faith based support groups & distributing Bibles.
During this time, WorldShare supporters have raised over £100,000 towards helping Syrian refugees, enabling us to support some of FEAL’s outreach programmes. This has given desperately needy people access to food, clothing, shelter and healthcare as well as longer term initiatives that seek to equip and enable them practically and spiritually. FEAL is a vibrant, growing church planting movement that actively empowers displaced families with the support and stability necessary to rebuild their lives.
They have become a cornerstone among the refugee community, restoring the hope of families trapped in transition and preparing them for their return home. Those who have found Christ while in exile, will continue to carry out this church planting movement across the Middle East.
“In Lebanon, life continues to be a daily struggle for more than a million Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources. Around 70 per cent live below the poverty line. There are no formal refugee camps and, as a result, Syrians are scattered throughout more than 2,100 urban and rural communities and locations, often sharing small basic lodgings with other refugee families in overcrowded conditions.” - UN Refugee Agency
FEAL have asked us to pray for:
- The young future leaders they started training in this camp as they return to their home or destination countries
- The growth of believers with a Muslim background
- Wisdom for the team as they teach the word of God
- Leaders as they prepare for the 6th season of the Oasis outreach programme, due to start September 2019
- Strategic planning to serve the children who are now in their teenage years.
Testimonies - Oasis Centre
“We praise God for your kind support, so that we could stand up for these helpless ones in Christ and extend them honour.”
“We ran two five-day Oasis camps serving around 70 children ages 8 - 14. The theme for the camp was: ”Jesus, my Rescuer.“ At the camps, we talked about the love of Jesus…. that Jesus hears our prayers. When we are in trouble, He rescues us, and He has saved us by carrying the cross. If we are willing to seek His help, we will stay with Him for eternity.”
Jane* sang joyfully, “Jesus paid our ransom.” After the meeting, she went to one of the camp leaders and asked, “Did you shiver while we were singing these words?” The leader said, “No.” Jane replied, “I shivered, and it went into my heart.” So, we explained to her that she felt the Holy Spirit entering her life. We prayed with her…. Pray for us to have wisdom to help these children grow in their faith.
Darine was also at the camp. As the group sang the hymn that says, “Thank you Lord Jesus because you took my place and died on the cross,” Darine started crying. We took her aside and asked, “Why are you crying?” She said, “I felt a lot of joy and then I started crying without knowing.” We prayed with her and she gave her life to Jesus. After the meeting another girl came and asked, “Can you pray with me like you prayed with Darine?” So, we also prayed with her.
*Names anononymised for security