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PROTECT THE WEAK (GUEST POST-HEART FOR LEBANON)

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This is a picture of sweet Iraqi family who had lost everything. She was comforting me as my heart was breaking for them.

Going to Beirut, Lebanon last year to work with the teachers who provide much needed schooling for Refugees, broke me wide open. Heart for Lebanon is a non-profit who is truly protecting the weak in the most dire circumstances. I met the men and women who are on the front lines providing love and assistance to those who have fled the war. I met the refugees who have lost their fathers, husbands, mothers, sisters, to a war that shouldn't be waging. I wanted you to hear first hand from those who sacrificing so much to protect and love these precious refugees. All of us can't be in a war torn area protecting, but we can support those who do. Please read Heart for Lebanon's message below.

The facts, unfortunately, are in: every year a billion children experience some type of violence!

It happens in every country, city, and community.  It costs governments trillions of dollars and slows economic growth.  More importantly, it is a violation of the desired plan God has for every child.

In Lebanon we have not come across a child who “wanted” to be involved in violence, but we have seen those who were sold into violent situations by their families, or themselves, out of desperation: a desperation that comes after a prolonged time of hopelessness. With war comes trauma and everlasting scars of a dark and terrifying past. Today, most Syrian refugee children know nothing more than the terror and anxiety of not knowing where the next airstrike, missile, gun shot, bomb or chemical attack will hit. Even after fleeing the country, a petrifying fear follows these Syrian refugee children wherever they go.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a way to change what’s happening.  Heart for Lebanon is committed to keeping at-risk children safe. We want to provide them with a loving, caring, Biblically-based education; one that restores hope and dignity to the child and their family.  Restoring hope means giving them an education that will lift them out of poverty and set them on the path to be a difference maker.

At Heart for Lebanon’s H.O.P.E. Educational Program, we provide a safe place for refugee children to learn, express and grow. Maha, an 8-year-old girl who fled the Syrian war with her mother and elderly grandparents, is just one of the many Syrian refugee children suffering from mental and emotional scarring caused by the events of the Syrian war.

Since fleeing to Lebanon, Maha has been attending our H.O.P.E. Educational Program where she learned how to read and write for the very first time. “When Maha was born we were fleeing from place to place so my daughter couldn't go to school and didn't even know what a book was,” said Khadijah, Maha’s mother.

Both Khadija and her daughter suffered great emotional and physical distress during their time in Syria. In the midst of the Syrian conflict Khadijah’s husband abused and threatened her and their daughter. “Maha has psychological and emotional scarring because of the war and also because her biological father abused her and abused me,” said Khadijah.

Both Khadija and her daughter suffered great emotional and physical distress during their time in Syria. In the midst of the Syrian conflict Khadijah’s husband abused and threatened her and their daughter. “Maha has psychological and emotional scarring because of the war and also because her biological father abused her and abused me,” said Khadijah.

Today, both mother and daughter have found a safe haven in our Heart for Lebanon staff who listen, advise, care and love on them unconditionally. Thanks to Heart for Lebanon’s support and encouragement Khadijah and her daughter are willingly listening to the Word of God and praying with our staff. Khadijah has also dedicated her life to Jesus and asks that we pray for her daughter’s full recovery. With the help of others Heart for Lebanon can care for children just like Maha. Please check out Heart for Lebanon and consider supporting them as they live out the

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