News & Stories

Returning to God in Times of Trials

Through Heart for Lebanon's Bible study program, a transformative journey unfolds for many people each month. Among the attendees is Samira, a 32-year-old Syrian woman from Aleppo, who resides in Southern Lebanon with her husband and young son, Ali. Samira's life has been fraught with hardships. Seven years ago, she heard about Heart for Lebanon through her neighbors. At that time she was going through a difficult divorce and struggling with various health problems. Despite…

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Nourishment for His Soul (Lebanese Family - South)

Amid Lebanon's enduring crises since 2019, public sector retirees and employees have borne the brunt of economic turmoil as their salaries lost value due to the steep devaluation of the Lebanese currency. In this challenging backdrop we find Asaad, a Lebanese army retiree hailing from the Christian village of "Al-Hajjeh" in South Lebanon. His life underwent a profound transformation, thanks to the unwavering support of Heart for Lebanon. Asaad faced dire circumstances exacerbated by the…

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God is on the Move

“Tom, can’t you sense that God is doing something amazing right now?  I can feel it.” I was asked this question as I watched 26 Muslim born-Believers and Lebanese Believers declaring their faith in Jesus through baptism. Twelve of those baptized are in our Missional Leadership training. I have been coming to Lebanon since 2001, and I can say today we are truly experiencing a movement of God like I have never witnessed here. On a…

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No Matter Where I Will Serve

(Missional Leadership – Bekaa) Siham's journey from war-torn Syria to a new life in Lebanon was one filled with challenges, resilience, and ultimately, transformation. As the conflict raged on in her homeland, Siham made the difficult decision to leave behind everything she knew and embark on a journey to seek safety and stability for her family. With her four children in tow, she arrived in Lebanon, a country itself grappling with complexities. Among her children,…

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A Heart Ignited by Jesus' Love

Alaa, a kind and laid-back teen, quietly embraced the classroom norms and maintained a serene demeanor. Though soft-spoken, she displayed genuine sociability, effortlessly connecting with every student in the class. Her empathetic nature ensured she never made fun of or hurt her classmates' feelings, creating a harmonious atmosphere within the classroom. Two years ago, Alaa began attending the Hope Educational Center, a decision that would set her on a transformative path. Graduating this past June…

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Joy Amid Hardships

Nehmat is a Kurdish woman from a non-Christian background. She was living in Syria with her family before the Syrian war. In 2014, when their city of Aleppo was under heavy shelling, a missile struck their home killing Nehmat’s father. Afraid of the dangerous situation, the family decided to flee their country to Lebanon. “The city was engulfed with dangers when we escaped. We searched for safe places to take refuge because of the random…

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This Became my Home

Mariah is a 20-year-old Lebanese girl who is majoring in English Literature. The very first time Mariah attended the young adults gathering was during the 2021 Christmas celebration meeting. She did not stay and asked that she be sent back home because the hymns and prayers were completely different from Mass. It was very strange for her. “I did not accept what was happening during that meeting because it was not traditional and liturgical. The…

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New Person; New Habits

In Lebanon, it began when the Lebanese people woke up on Friday, October 17th, 2019 to the news that their money was no longer available at the banks and that the Lebanese currency was in a free-fall. They slept making thousands of dollars and woke up with a salary of hundreds of dollars that kept on plummeting to below a hundred dollars. Not only that but a few months after they lost everything, they had…

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Summer of Hope

Just like many places around the world Lebanon is expecting tourists this summer; some two million said Caretaker Tourism Minister Walid Nassar, the highest figure in years.  The week of July 1, 2023 the International Monetary Fund said that, despite some signs of stability over the past year, Lebanon's economy remains "severely depressed". In addition, The United Nations Children's Fund, in a recent report, said that 9 in 10 households in Lebanon can't afford to…

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Ghoufran’s Story

Ghoufran is a 10-year-old girl from Homs, Syria. She was born in a very remote village and she barely saw anything modern. It was a big cultural shock for her when she first went to the city of Homs. The war erupted soon after, and she and her family had to flee to a camp in Lebanon.  Ghoufran found herself in conditions similar to those in her remote village. Once again, the place where she…

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