It has been a while since my last post and it’s not because I have been too busy to write but I have gone back and forth about what to share. It’s nice to have pictures and updates on what is going on in my life here in Lebanon and I will definitely continue to share these kinds of posts, however, today I wanted to share something that is weighing heavily on my heart.
Since moving to Lebanon I have been bombarded with news updates, articles and details about the war in Syria and the great impact on Lebanon as there are now more than 1 million registered refugees in Lebanon (there are many unregistered). At work, my job has consisted of reading these articles and helping to keep people in the States updated on the work our organization has been doing to help through our efforts alongside our partners and donors. The Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) has many departments and only one of those is Relief, however, we have seen relief efforts bleed into all other areas due to the current crisis in Syria.
Today, while I was at work, I was reading on the website for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and saw a document titled “The Future of Syria: Refugee Children in Crisis”. As I scrolled through this report I was brought to tears reading the stories and reported facts about the realities of refugee children as it relates to education, work, emotions and family. It was especially touching to me because I have volunteered at some of the camps and events for refugee children through LSESD’s Baptist Children and Youth Ministry (BCYM) and seen the faces of precious young ones who have stories just like the ones in the UNHCR report. I would encourage you to read through this report and pray as you go for the hundreds of thousands of children and their families who are displaced and literally living moment by moment.
I don’t write this to be depressing, please don’t take it that way, I just wanted to share some of the realities of the area in which I am living now and the great need for support and prayer for these refugees.