In most cases refugee children have been out of school for six years. This is unacceptable for the future of families in the Middle East. Heart for Lebanon is committed to filling this educational gap knowing these children are the future leaders for the Middle East. We have an unprecedented opportunity to help children think differently. We believe in order to change the results we see in the Middle East today; we must change behavioral patterns for good. Behavior changes when thinking changes. Thinking based on positive Biblical values will inspire and even elevate the thinking of these future leaders.
Hope on Wheels is a mobile ministry truck that travels between tent communities offering refugee children an opportunity to play in a safe environment and enjoy being children again. The children are taught health awareness and Biblical truths through a fun and entertaining skits, videos and music.
H.O.P.E. Educational Programs (Helping Overcome Poverty through Education) provide non-formal education for refugee children who are often unable to afford school. Local schools are accepting fewer refugee children because of overcrowding. The H.O.P.E. Program gives children ages 5-12 the opportunity to learn basic Arabic, English, and math, and health awareness as well as character development instruction based on Biblical principles. There are also special opportunities for art, music and special tutoring for children that need additional help.
Transformation through Hope
Relational engagement addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of families. This is accomplished primarily through periodic home visits, faith-based programs and children’s activities. It is through these actions that authentic relationships are built and we are able to share the love of Jesus Christ. It begins with caring about all facets of the person: physical, emotional and spiritual.
Transformation begins after a relationship has developed. At this level, Heart for Lebanon provides spiritual and vocational resources to individuals and families. These resources allow them to become familiar with and engage in fulfilling work and sustainable spiritual growth. As a faith-based Christian ministry, Heart for Lebanon takes a holistic approach working to address the emotional and spiritual needs of families through regular visits to their tent settlement offering prayers and encouragement and providing faith-based programs including Bible Studies and children’s activities, all leading to the building of lasting and authentic relationships.
While we believe that transactional relief and humanitarian aid are extremely important to the wellbeing and future of those in need, we also believe that relational engagement with those we serve sets the stage for trust and transformational conversations about deeper life issues, including spiritual beliefs. Conversations are vitally important in any culture and this is especially true in the Middle East.