After the port explosion, a crashing economy, and social unrest, Lebanese face an even more terrifying prospect – the potential for civil war.
Nuna* with Triumphant Mercy says that amidst the unrest, there are reports of ambassadors leaving, and other countries calling workers home. People are concerned that continued upheaval and dissatisfaction could lead to something more serious than demonstrations.
“You have some people who are demanding change, but you have also those who are in power that don’t want the change to happen, because first their corruption will be exposed,” Nuna states. “So they don’t want anyone else to be in the government.”
After the blast, government rivals played the blame game, each denying culpability. Political factions have not come to a consensus on what is best for the country and its people, which has left Lebanon without effective leadership.
Loyalties run deep but Nuna says that unlike the United States, political alliances don’t come through parties. “It’s not about the Republicans or Democrats or the Free Party. It’s always about the Sunnis, the Shi-ite’s, the Christians. It’s always religious. All the wars in Lebanon have been religious, so far.”
The prospect of religious war is terrifying. Many people have experienced great loss this year and don’t know how they could weather more storms.
“People are so afraid. And everywhere I turn, every person I talk to, they’re just afraid of what’s going to happen,” Nuna says. “They’re already economically drained. They already have no way to get money, and they can’t get the money out of the bank. And there is no work. So they’re already in a very bad situation financially [and] economically. On top of that this struggle, the political struggle, is putting a really heavy burden on everyone.”
Struggling to Find Hope
People continually tell Triumphant Mercy that they don’t have any hope. They feel alone and deserted. Nuna says that while her team does not know what the future holds, they know they do not face it alone.
Nuna says that Triumphant Mercy constantly reminds people that God has not deserted them. He is very real and very present. “It dawns on them, you know, like, this realization that, ‘Oh, I didn’t think about it this way. God is with me, and I’m not alone.’
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that God would grow the Gospel seeds of hope Triumphant Mercy has planted this Christmas.
- Pray that God would miraculously intervene in Lebanon to bring peace instead of more unrest to weary people.
- Thank God that Triumphant Mercy was able to bless many people after the port blast.