Lebanon is slowly emerging from an austere nationwide lockdown. A 24-hour curfew was lifted today, and some non-essential businesses can reopen. More Lebanon headlines here.
It’s a tiny sign of hope after an extremely difficult six weeks. “We still have this hope that sometime it’s going to ease up. But for now, it’s even harder than it was before,” Nuna* from Triumphant Mercy Lebanon says.
“People are hungry, and they’re rioting in the streets because of the lockdown. It’s just really, really hard on people.”
Before the latest lockdown began, Triumphant Mercy received increasing requests for food aid. “Not only the poorest of the poor but middle-class people can’t afford [or buy] food now. The money they had in the bank is not available for them to take. [It’s] really tragic,” Nuna says.
When the total lockdown began on January 7, Triumphant Mercy had to shut down. “We’re not allowed to open but we know that people are hungry, so we’re doing door-to-door [deliveries] now. Many NGOs are doing that,” she continues.
“People are dying of hunger; you can’t just sit and say, ‘Oh, I can’t open’.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to supply needed resources so Triumphant Mercy can continue this outreach.
- Pray for encouragement and renewal for Nuna and her team. Pray each believer will look to Jesus for the strength they need to face another day.