NCM Magazine/2021 Issue 1

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RESPONDING WITH COMPASSION IN LEBANON

By Shannon Barr Photos Courtesy of NCM Lebanon

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ndrew Salameh, pastor of a Nazarene church in Lebanon, has seen firsthand how God has lifted and helped the team at his church minister to people. “Every few years you have a new war, or a new crisis, or a new problem,” Salameh says. “Really, it’s not easy to live in a country like that. We need people who are really called for such a time as this and for such a ministry like this.” Along with the rest of the globe, Lebanon has been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic fallout. Add to that an ongoing economic crisis and a major explosion, and you have a glimpse into what current conditions are like for people living in and near Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDON SIPES

After the explosion, the local churches jumped to action to care for the whole community.