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A Heavenly Relationship in the Making

Education stands as a beacon of fundamental human rights, and the Hope Educational Center stands as a testament to this profound belief. Its commitment extends beyond academic pursuits, seeking to embrace the holistic development of students, fostering a spiritual journey that transcends despair and ushers in salvation. Aya Al Moussa, a participant in the afternoon program, embodies this transformative impact. Her once-muted existence has evolved since joining the Hope Center, with her teachers noting a newfound enthusiasm in her class participation. Aya’s qualities of attentive listening, love for learning, and remarkable memory make her a shining example within this educational community.

In a moving moment, Aya revealed the depth of her spiritual transformation when asked about her connection to the Hope Center. Professing her love for the center and the joy it brings, she spoke of discovering the power of prayer and cited her favorite Bible verse, Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” emphasizing the rest found in the arms of Jesus. Aya’s fascination with the biblical narrative, particularly the story of Adam and Eve, reflects a hunger for understanding creation, disobedience, and the redemption offered through the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ on the cross.

A visit to Aya’s home provided further insight into the impact of the Hope Center. Her mother, speaking of the evident joy radiating from Aya, highlighted the transformative effect on her daughter’s social and personal life. A glimmer of hope, a reflection of God’s love, emanates from Aya’s eyes, drawing her mother closer to God. Despite facing adversity, Aya’s dedication to her dreams has intensified, showing how the center cultivated resilience in her through its nurturing environment.

In the words of Aya’s mother, “Gratitude flows within me towards Heart for Lebanon for the opportunity you gave my daughter and the unwavering support provided by the dedicated teachers. You have created a brighter future for every student, and especially for my daughter.”