News & Stories

Mohamad’s Story

The Deaf to Hear War is the only thing many Syrian children have ever known.  Even if they have fled to other nations, the physical and psychological wounds of war remain. The Syrian war has resulted in one of the worst educational disasters in modern history, with a generation of Syrian students paying the price.  When it comes to aggression, dangers to their health and safety, starvation, the potential of abuse, and loss of education,…

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If We Stop Today, Then What?

By Tom Atema I met Aleb just before I taught a lesson to our Missional Leadership Development class.  He is passionate, focused, and a diligent student of the Bible with a hunger to learn and apply what he is learning. He has come a long way in one short year through the Missional Leadership Development program.   Aleb grew up as a Bedouin orphan sitting and roaming with his Bedouin community. As a teenage Bedouin…

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Father to the Fatherless

Their building is right by the seashore. It is yellow, and very shabby. It stands alone in a sea of small slum-like houses. The interior is a scene of a war zone, though no war has taken place, nor any bombs exploded in it or nearby. The stairs are littered and rubble fills the corridors. Some levels have no windows or doors, and little bare-foot children roaming around.  When their father died, Diaa and his…

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Helping You Steward Your Resources To Make A Kingdom Impact

By Tom Atema Since 2006, Heart for Lebanon has as a Core Principle; to be a generous ministry. We do our best to do ministry with an open hand and to do so unconditionally.  Not only in the field in Lebanon, but also around the world with our friends, partners, and investors. I am sure you’ve heard that in the USA a ‘Great Wealth Transfer’ is coming. In fact, it’s already started.  This wealth transfer…

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Supporting BESGB school: No student left behind!

The crises that hit Lebanon in 2019 put severe strains on an already struggling educational system. As the country slips deeper, it is turning into an education catastrophe that is leading to a gap in access to quality learning among Lebanon’s poorer children, as many families cannot afford access to education.  “It’s hard to be optimistic regarding the future of education during this ongoing crisis. The education sector is under threat as many of Lebanon’s…

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An Exceptional Help at Unordinary Times

Lebanon has been subject to several crises, each contributing separately to the deterioration of the different aspects of living conditions. The economic crisis that started in 2019 is one of the worst in decades: currency collapsing, businesses shutting down, prices of basic goods skyrocketing, and threat of hunger looming over the poorest of people. The salaries are now worth a tiny fraction of what they were. Most of the people in Lebanon do not have…

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The Law of the Harvest

By Tom Atema Truth be known, I love farming.  As a teenager I would go to my grandparents in New Hampshire and work on the dairy farm from sun-up to sun-down each summer. Totally loved every aspect of farming. It’s my dream job.  It was in this environment where I learned firsthand “the Law of the Harvest”.  All my life, I have read about the harvest in the Bible. I even heard the stories in…

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LEBANON: The past - The Future - Today

By Tom Atema Lebanon is significant in the past, today, and for the future. Let me tell you why… But first, did you know that Lebanon was the home of the Canaanites/Phoenicians and their kingdoms?  Did you know that Lebanon is within the Promised Land? Moses and Joshua both mentioned Lebanon when talking about the Promised Land and its boundaries. (Please check out Deuteronomy 1:7, 3;35 as well as Joshua 1:4 for yourself to see.) This…

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What Does the Russian Attack on the Ukraine Mean for the Middle East

By Tom Atema Like you, I woke up this am with the news “War has started!” As I listened and read, it’s “clear" to me and many others that Putin is going after far more than just Ukraine.  Remember that Russia has a three-way partnership that just finished war games in the Indian Ocean. This partnership is made up of Russia, China, and Iran.  I am convinced that Putin is going to take over the entire…

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Winter Jackets

With the recent economic recession that has hit Lebanon, local and refugee families have been trying to survive with what little they have. Food, clothing, medical support, and education (the list goes on) have become luxuries for most families. Basic needs have become so expensive for locals and refugees that a high percentage of families are only able to rely on humanitarian help.  Early this winter, Heart for Lebanon distributed jackets for children. These children…

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