A Word From Steve Jones
January 15th, 2018
There are one million Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon. There are an estimated additional 400,000 unregistered refugees. Of the 1.4 million refugees, 650,000 are children under the age of 17 and only 250,000 are receiving some education. An entire generation is growing up uneducated. A staggering problem.
Recently, I visited our Fellowship International missionaries, Karim and Rita Anayssiand Bechara and Roula Karkafi in Beirut. As part of their ministry in Lebanon, both couples are seeking to care for the future welfare of children in the country in different ways. The Anayssis direct Cedar Home; a girl’s orphanage currently caring for 26 girls mostly from a Muslim background. Previous FAIR appeals have helped to build and outfit new rooms so that more girls could be cared for.
Bechara and Roula Karkafi are serving the church in Lebanon to help mobilize a disciple-making movement which, Lord willing, will begin in the neighbouring MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region. One of their churches, Adonis Baptist Church, is seeking to reach Syrian refugees for Christ. Four years ago they began a school for 15 Syrian refugee children called the Clementia Learning Centre (CLC). Since that first year, the number of students has grown and the school facility is currently at maximum capacity with 60 children. The centre is led by Director Sarah and three other teachers: Micheline, Nadine and Kamil. The purpose of the school is to care for the whole person—physically, emotionally, educationally and spiritually. This is reflected in the name: “Clementia” which means human.
We have an opportunity to partner with the CLC to help double their capacity to 120 Syrian refugee children. I will let our FAIR Director, Dan Shurr, explain the project and the financial goal. As you read, will you prayerfully consider how the Lord would have you respond to this worthy project?
I am thankful that Christians are reaching out to these children through the local church to provide an education for them. They deserve this.
Fellowship International missionaries Bechara and Roula Karkafi have recently been deployed to Lebanon. They have a burden to see Christ’s love brought to needy refugee children through the CLC. The centre provides opportunities for children to attend classes that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Qualified teachers bring excellent education coupled with stories from the Bible that are naturally shared with the students. The CLC wants to reach even more children, but is currently maxed out in space and unable to accept any more.
I am so pleased to announce that through the fall project, Hope for Tomorrow (Lebanon), FAIR has committed to help the CLC double its size and capacity. With the completion of a rooftop facility including classrooms, washrooms, kitchen and group area, the centre will be able to accept 60 more students. The project also seeks to bless the students with school supplies.
We are trusting God to provide $120,000 to expand the Learning Centre and bless the students through the Hope for Tomorrow project.
Will you prayerfully consider a special offering for this project; possibly Thanksgiving or Christmas this year?
Have a blessed week,