Project 7 Loaves

Project 7 Loaves

 

Matthew 25:35  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.

SUMMARY

Nearly 80 percent of all households  in Lebanon do not have enough food or enough money to buy food.  In Syrian refugee households, the figure reaches 99 percent.  One out of every three children in Lebanon will go to bed hungry or would have skipped a meal today.

PROJECT 7 LOAVES aims to raise funds on behalf of the Lebanese Church and partner with them in reaching out to those who are suffering the consequences of a devastating economy.

This is their “Kairos Moment” to reach out to their Muslim neighbours and reflect a God of compassion on behalf of the global body of Christy.

Will you be willing to sacrifice a meal/s and sponsor a meal to those who hunger

BACKGROUND

Lebanon is a nation like no other:

Geographically

  • Population 6 million
  • Ethnicity Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%
  • Language Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
  • Religion 6% Sunni, 30.5% Shia, Christian 33.7% (Maronite Catholics are the largest Christian group),

Biblically

  • Home to the oldest towns mentioned in the Bible (Sidon and Tyre – Genesis 10)
  • The Bible mentions Lebanon 71 times, but only in reference to its natural features and not as a specific state or nation.
  • Significantly, Lebanon means “white,” undoubtedly a reference to the country’s white, snow-capped mountain range (see Jeremiah 18:14).
    Scripture includes Lebanon as being within the Promised Land.
  • Moses and Joshua both mention Lebanon when talking about the Promised Land and its boundaries (Deuteronomy 1:7; 3:25; Joshua 1:4).
  • Lebanon also is significant because it is mentioned in reference to the future millennial kingdom. When Jesus returns after the tribulation, He will set up His kingdom and rule for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4).

Spiritually

But what makes Lebanon so significant in a spiritual context is that it is one of the key gateways to the Arab world, the Middle East and the Muslim world.  Consider the following

  • Per capita Lebanon is home to the biggest percentage (33.7%) of Christians in any country in the Arab world (including Israel). One out of every three people is a Christian
  • Per capita Lebanon is the country that hosts the most refugees in the world. One out of every for people in Lebanon is a refugee
  • It is the only country in the Middle East with a Christian president.
  • Considering the openness to share the Gospel and the willingness by those who seek refuge in Lebanon to hear the Gospel, Lebanon remains key in God’s plan to reach the region with the message of salvation

THE OPPORTUNITY

Matthew15:34-37  “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”   He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.   They all ate and were satisfied.

Devastating challenges

After the explosion a year ago, the subsequent political unrest and the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon is now facing a time of unprecedented need.  More than three-quarters of households in Lebanon, including nearly 100 percent of all Syrian refugees families living there, do not have food or money to buy food, the United Nations has warned.

A new survey released by UNICEF, the UN’s child agency, on Thursday said that children in particular are bearing the brunt of one of the world’s worst economic collapses in recent history.  The study found that nearly a third of children in the ravaged country had gone to bed hungry or skipped meals in the past month after a “devastating recession” left families with virtually no access to social support.

In total, 77 percent of households do not have enough food or enough money to buy food, the report added. In Syrian refugee households, the figure reaches 99 percent.

“The World Bank has described what is happening in Lebanon as possibly one of the top three economic collapses seen since the mid 19th Century. What the UNICEF survey shows is that children are bearing the brunt of this escalating catastrophe,” said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon.

The Lebanese currency has lost nearly 90 per cent of its value since January last year, sending prices skyrocketing: Inflation has soared by more than 100 percent year-on-year for the 12th month in a row while Lebanon’s Central Administration of Statistics said that food prices have quadrupled in 2020.

It means that now more than half of the 6 million population are living under the poverty line. The World Food Programme even warned earlier this year that Lebanon was at famine risk.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/nearly-80-percent-households-lebanon-114517766.html

Glorious opportunities

2 Corinthian 8:14  At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality.

The church in Lebanon has responded in glorious ways in past tragedies and believe this is another opportunity to reflect Christ in a time of need.  “This is our time” was the response of one partner, knowing that light looks at its best when it is dark.

But they cannot do it alone

THE GOAL IS EQUALITY…

Partnering Churches in Lebanon are reaching out to their neighbours and are asking the global body of Christ to join hands.  At dia-LOGOS we see this as a unique and strategic opportunity to reach the unreached in the Middle East

We would like to challenge Churches, groups and individuals to partner with the Church in Lebanon in their endeavours.  The principle is simple and yet profoundly Biblical.  If you have enough food to eat, even maybe more than enough, thye goal is equality.

Will you consider skipping a meal and use the funds you would have spent on that meal to sponsor a meal to someone in Lebanon?

Friends, there are no agendas behind this initiative, not political, not religious, not financial.  We simply want to vessels of compassion.  Would you prayerfully consider joining hands with us in one of the following ways?

BEING A VOICE:  We need friends who will ‘champion’ this project and who will be willing to be a spokesperson on behalf of Lebanese believers.  If every friend can tell two other friends about the project, then we can have a far greater impact in the lives of those who receive, as well as the lives of those who give.

MAKING A CONTRIBUTION:  We need FUNDS – as much as possible.  We want to plant as many seeds as possible on your behalf.  This is a unique opportunity for the Church in Lebanon to impact the region with love and generosity.  It is now or never.  The soil is ready, the labourers are there but the seed bags are empty.

OFFERING PRAYERS:  This is the Lord’s work, not ours.  There is a battle raging for souls, and we cannot do it without your prayers.  Thank you that we can count on you.

To make a donation (via PAYPAL for international or PAYFAST for South African) please click the button below

Alternatively use the following account:

  • DIA LOGOS
  • First National Bank (FNB) – cheque account
  • Number 62875701205
  • Branch 210835

Please send an email to  and provide your email address as a reference so that we can keep you up to date on the progress of the project.

 

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