Making Friends Amidst A Crisis

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Source: The Health Connection Newsletter | 3rd Quarter 2020

Beirut, Lebanon | Middle-East North-Africa Union (MENAU)

Lebanese people in Beirut have been experiencing difficult times. They are facing not only a pandemic like other countries, but also political and economic uncertainly, and more recently, a major accidental explosion that caused widespread injuries and loss of homes. Marcia McEdward, Health Ministries director for MENAU, reported that “Because of the multiple issues and current events in Beirut—COVID-19, political and economic crisis, and the August 4 blast—there is a collective wound in the hearts of the people. Many have lived through wars and privation in the recent past and have fears that continue to surface. Many have been waiting for months to emigrate to another country. Right now it is the toughest time we have seen, and most people’s salaries are being spent on food alone. Though [people’s] spirits are down, there is a lot of joy that can be shared just by caring.” Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) volunteers have joined hands with others in Beirut helping to bring relief and meeting the felt needs of those who are hurting. Marcia is one of them. “It has been my privilege to befriend many beautiful people as they await a move from Beirut to another country. Every week I target some friends I know who are in need of food. It gives me a chance to see how they are doing, listen to their concerns and pray with them.”

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