Syrian Refugees

What is our involvement?

The Syrian refugee crisis has impacted most of our ministry work in Lebanon. There are now more than a million refugees officially registered and another unofficial half million. More than one in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee, and many have been refugees for seven years or more.

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Most of the refugees come with few if any resources. Some of them have fled in the middle of the night with little more than the clothes on their back. There are few jobs available for refugees, and those available often pay only $200-$300 per month. Rents alone are at least $300 for the worst apartments, leaving nothing for their basic needs. There is a great need for food among the refugee families. They also need baby formula, medicines, blankets, pillows, sleeping pads, and others basic needs.  Many of the children have not been to school in seven years, and education in the camps has become the primary focus of our refugee ministry.

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Syrian mothers like this woman often are denied admission to hospitals to give birth if they cannot pay a deposit, which is $200 or more.  After delivery, the hospital will send the mother home but hold the baby until the medical bills are paid.  Since 2014 we have helped 44 mothers and babies with admission, incubators, special treatments, and "redemption" to go home to their families.

Meeting these needs is an integral part of the Gospel.

"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

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We currently have established schools in two refugee camps in the Tyre area.  In order to maintain a presence among the people of the camp, we rent space for our classrooms.  Our four teachers are all Arab refugees, who instruct the children in Mathematics, Arabic literacy, and ethics. 

We also have a women's literacy program in both camps which the mothers attend in the afternoons after they come in from working in the fields all day.

You can find out more about our relief effort, and how you can partner with us, by emailing: pastor@wordsofisa.org


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