Church Provides for Refugee Family After Beirut ExplosionJulie Smith
On August 4, 2020 an explosion near the Port of Beirut claimed hundreds of lives, wounded thousands, and left 300,000 people instantly homeless. Naturally, people flocked to the United Nations in Lebanon for help, and that’s exactly where one single refugee mother who had lost everything went. Unfortunately, the U.N. was unable to help this mom and her family, and it seemed like all hope was lost.
The family’s story reached our local church partner, Pastor Mohammad Yamout with Tyre Church. After meeting the mom, Mohammad offered to bring her and her family to Tyre. Mom and her kids now live in an apartment owned by GO MENA and Tyre Church that is used for emergency refugee housing.
Mom attends services at Tyre multiple times a week and even works part-time. Her family has food, shelter, and her kids are getting an education. Her story is one of incredible resilience and God’s great ability to provide.
One year after the explosion, Tyre Church continues to serve the community well through food drives, food distribution, and meal preparation efforts. The U.N. also continues to refer families that they are unable to help to Tyre.