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LEBANON CRISIS RESPONSE FUND
On Tuesday, a large explosion ripped through Beruit, the capital city of Lebanon. The devastating blast which was centred near the port, killed more than a hundred people (death count not complete yet), and injured more than 5,000.
The explosion demolished the port area and sent shock waves throughout the city centre. Many lost their homes and livelihoods.
Among those impacted are Nazarenes in the area. Windows were blown out in all three nearby Nazarene churches and a Nazarene school, and window frames, doors, and other parts of the buildings were damaged.
Volunteers gathered to assess the damage and sweep up the broken glass and debris. "We are grateful (though heartbroken for those who are injured) that no staff were here," the director of the school said.
The needs in the city are enormous and two Nazarene crisis teams have already been mobilized to help those most in need. They are focusing on clean-up, helping with urgent transportation needs, and distributing food. The church is also exploring ways to support those who cannot return to their homes and have nowhere to live.
This catastrophe comes in the midst of a crippling economic crisis, with rising unemployment and increased food insecurity across the country. Coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown restrictions, the impact on life in this city is devastating. Even before the explosion, there were shortages of essential products like bread and medicine.
"We can't bear much more" said the District Superintendent. "Our people have nothing to eat; how shall we rebuild the city?"
The Church of the Nazarene has been distributing food to families in need for months and has provided ongoing educational support for refugees. These initiatives will continue but the needs are multiplied, especially the need for food.
How you can help:
Pray: for those who have lost loved ones, for the injured, for those who have lost homes and livelihoods and for all who are hungry and without food.
Give: whatever you can to the "Lebanon Crisis Response Fund". Donations will be used for immediate needs of those who suffered in the blast, for ongoing food distributions, and for recovery for families.
Please make cheques payable to the Church of the Nazarene Canada and send them to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytrail Drive, Mississauga, ON L4X 1W5
or click donate button below.
Be sure to specify "Lebanon Crisis Response"
Thank you for your gifts of compassion for those in need during these perilous times.
Jesus helped people where there was need, and when there was need.
NCM Canada wants to be ready to help when the need arises as well. Whether it is devestation as the result of a natural disaster, or the fall out from war - we want to be ready to go and provide the necessary help.
This is one of the reasons why we are so grateful for supporters who provide regular, monthly support. By having funds come in on each month, we are able to have a better idea of how much we will have to work with, should an emergency occur.
NCM Canada partners with other organizations to provide the appropriate response based on the situation.
Each gift will be used as designated except where any given need has been fully met or in the case when the specified project(s) cannot be reasonably carried out, then the donor agrees that the designated gift may be used where it is needed most.