PROJECT BREATH OF LIFE
Lebanon, in the past year, has been sucked into a maelstrom of economic and political turmoil that has left more than 50 percent of the population below the poverty line. The August 4 Beirut blast devastated the Lebanese people with more than 300,000 being left homeless in a matter of seconds. What few news sources reported on was the fact that the explosion necessitated people to mix and hampered all efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus.
Though cases had been steadily rising before the blast, it is true that protective measures largely went out of the window as people worked to remove family, friends, and strangers from the rubble of their city, and medical professionals provided them with care in overwhelmed hospitals. Few people were spared. In the aftermath of the blast, daily cases shot up to the mid-to-high hundreds, then up to more than 1,000 later in August.
On Wednesday 28 October, Lebanon recorded 1,850 COVID19 cases – its highest daily total to date. More than half of the countries cases and deaths occurred in the past month alone, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Lebanon is in need, desperate need, for a breath of life, in more than one way
- For many in Lebanon, this is a crisis beyond compare.
- For the Church in Lebanon, this is an opportunity of a life-time.
One of our partner churches in Beirut has decided to purchase lightweight, versatile, and easy to use, oxygen ventilators to provide non-invasive ventilator support for people in their homes – as well as the the many disadvantaged refugees. It provides a unique opportunity to reflect the love of Christ to people in their time of need, not only providing spiritual comfort but also proving the basic source of life, oxygen. It opens previously closed doors for the Gospel of Christ to penetrate hearts and enter homes in an equal non-invasive way.
The church will also purchase pulse oximeters, a small device that can measure the oxygen saturation in your blood. Pulse oximetry is useful for people who struggles breathing, who need to monitor how well oxygen is being sent from the heart and lungs out to the furthest parts of the body.
The cost of an Oxygen Ventilator is $700.00 (R12,000.00) and we at dia-LOGOS see this is a wonderful opportunity to join the Lebanese Church in their endeavours to BE the answer to so many prayers in this troubled region
Will you consider supporting this project and bringing the BREATH OF LIFE to those who seek life.
To make a donation please use the following account:
- ABSA Bank
- M.Burnard – Cheque Account
- Number 1008793936
- Branch Durbanville
Please send an email to [email protected] and provide your email address as a reference so that we can keep you up to date on the progress of the project