Project 7 Loaves

Project 7 Loaves

 

During the past two weeks, a dia-LOGOS team travelled to Lebanon to deliver the funds of Project 7 Loaves as well as the funds of Project Rose to our partners in Lebanon and Syria.  The gifts were received with tears of joy and hearts of gratitude.

To all who prayed, contributed, and cared, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  You made a tangible difference in the lives of many who seek to extend the grace of Christ to those who seek hope and peace.

Two of the team members who delivered the money, Neels and Esme, are veteran missionaries from India who have a clear understanding of how such a visit and support encourages the Church.  They report as follows:

You are not forgotten

1 Thessalonians 5:11:  “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

During our visit to Lebanon, what caught our hearts, and is still part of our daily thoughts, is not necessarily the country and its scenic beauty, nor the interesting culture or the lovely food, although all these things were very special to experience.  What stays with us all the time are the people, and especially those that work as local workers and foreign missionaries in the country. It was such an inspiration to see them doing what the Lord has called them to do. It was so clear that nothing that they are doing or have established through their ministries, were easy or simple but that did not discourage them from being faithful to their call to serve the people of Lebanon.

As we prepared to visit Lebanon we asked ourselves: “how will our visit help them?”  It actually gives them extra work as they have to drive us around and look after us. We have to spend money to get there and they could have used that money for their own needs and the needs of those they are ministering to.

But then I remembered visits during our time in the field in India. After more than a year we were visited by our sending church. It meant so much to us when someone came to spend time with us. We felt that we were not forgotten. We felt that there were people thinking of us and loving us enough to make a lot of effort to visit us. Not even once did the thought enter our minds that they could have given the money spent on the flights, to us and we could have used it.

The only thing we felt was LOVE!

This was also what we saw as we travelled from worker to worker in Lebanon. We were privileged to carry money, on behalf of Dia-Logos, with us and each family or worker received a gift with an envelope with an amount of money.

They did not know what the gift was or what was in the envelope but what we saw were tears, gratitude and joy. They experienced that the Lord has not forgotten them amid their struggles and difficulties that they and the country they are ministering in, were experiencing. They joyfully showed us their work and the relationships that they have in the community and gave glory to God. Their hospitality was overwhelming. For them, it’s the only way to bless those that resembled the hands and feet of Jesus.

The morning that we left, the pastor’s wife shared a short testimony of one of their congregants who serves as an officer in the Lebanese Army. He has personally been involved in various military operations, wars and unrests. He told her that in warfare there is one key component that will determine the outcome of the war. “You need to have people around you, that you can trust and rely on”, he said. She then thanked us for our partnership and for standing with them in this difficult time.

We came back with thankful hearts that we could be there for them, to encourage them to keep on pouring themselves out for those who are suffering immensely and to remind them, they are not forgotten.

 

 

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.

For the Church in Lebanon, these needs present unmatched opportunities to reach out with the love and compassion of Christ.  PROJECT 7 LOAVES aims to partner with the Lebanese Church in their endeavours to reach the unreached and impact a nation that suffers the consequences of a devastating economy.

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 30% Sunni, 30% 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.
  • 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 of 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

For the Church in Lebanon, 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 Christ.

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.  The World Food Programme even warned earlier this year that Lebanon was at famine risk.

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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