One of our international ministries, Middle East North Africa Initiative, is in need of support following the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read below for a message our ministry partners.
Our ministry partner in the Middle East is in desperate need of our prayers and support. The recent explosion in Beirut resulted in property damage to two ministry locations, the Beirut Baptist School and the Gateway Bookshop. Our friends report widespread devastation and shared with us that "This calamity could not have come at a worse time for a country on the brink of financial collapse and social implosion while the number of coronavirus cases has surged in recent days." Our friends are seeking partners to help them strengthen the witness of the church in this region of the world at a time when it is desperately needed. They are working with local churches to provide food, hygiene supplies, and where possible shelter, such as the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary recently opening their doors to host families displaced from the blast. The need is overwhelming. They ask for our prayers for those who have lost their homes and loved ones, for the medical community and rescue teams, for the church as it seeks to comfort and serve the distressed and brokenhearted, and for the people of God as they seek the Lord and humbly cry out to Him for mercy. Please also pray specifically for the LSESD/MEBO family of ministries and their staff and families.
BUMC's disaster response strategy includes three areas in which to minister:
- PRAY – Pray for all who are affected by the explosion and COVID-19 around the world
- GIVE – Donate as you are able to the BUMC Disaster Relief Fund, which will go to our Middle East North Africa Initiative
- SERVE – We will keep you updated if service opportunities become available