A Year After the ExplosionOthers, Food , Stories
Contributed by: GAiN
It’s been over a year since the devastating explosion in Beirut left over 200 people dead and thousands injured. Thanks to support from the community we, Global Aid Network (GAiN), were able to respond quickly. Our partners on the ground helped clean up, delivered aid packages, and talked and prayed with the people they encountered.
Out of the visits came meaningful interactions and conversations with hundreds of people. Hasnaa and her husband were one of those meaningful conversations. They shared their need with our partners, telling them how this pandemic has been hard on them as a family. The team prayed for them and shared the gospel message with them. Hasnaa and her husband expressed interest when they were invited by the team to go to church. “Hopefully, one day, after the lockdown is over, we will join.”
Our partners also had the opportunity to spend time with a lovely lady named Fadia, who lives with her son, daughter, and grandchildren. She shared that after the explosion her grandson started experiencing recurrent, unexpected panic attacks, requiring special medicines to help him cope. With the current state of the country’s economy, Fadia’s family was unable to afford to go to the doctor and buy the medicine from the pharmacy.
“You have no idea how much you’ve helped us by bringing us this food pack,” Fadia commented. “You’ve taken off some of our burden, really, thank you.”
Another meaningful conversation we had was with Salwa. It started off when the team received a frantic call from her, asking if they could urgently help her. She was so anxious while she waited, that she got very excited when she saw them heading toward her on the street.,“You actually came! Other organizations would say they are coming but never show up, I’m just so happy you guys came to see my situation.”
Salwa explained that it had been months since she could afford to buy food. “You have no idea how much I needed this and how I appreciate this food you brought,”she said through tears.
While some of the team was talking to Salwa, another team member noticed a boy staring at him from inside, so he went to him. The boy was Salwa’s son. A team member sat with him and talked about basketball. The conversation moved to Jesus, how much Jesus loved him and that God has a great plan for him.
Salwa told the team that she was happy that they had a spiritual conversation with her and her son. She shared,“I want my son to grow up and be like you. [To grow up to] love God the way you all do and to help others.”
After prayerfully considering the situation in Lebanon and the people we are serving, Global Aid Network’s desire is to continue to provide until December 2021. We’ll continue to provide food packs for 400 families (an additional 100 families due to the worsening situation), medicine and medical treatment for those in need, along with minor house repairs, basic home needs like beds, mattresses, blankets, and appliances.