Christians in Lebanon are requesting prayer as the country still struggles to recover a year after the Beirut Port explosion which killed at least 218 and injured more than 6,000. The aftermath of the explosion exacerbated the economic crisis and hyperinflation, as well as the impact of Covid-19, which had already led to many being unable to buy food or medicine.
A year on thousands of the 300,000 people who lost their homes are still homeless and only 50% of buildings damaged or destroyed have been repaired. The country is still ravaged by hunger, sickness and suffering, as inflation spirals out of control, the currency devalues, wages become worthless and many are completely without work.
“We ask for your constant prayer for our country so the Lord may give us peace and comfort and hope for the future,” Ms Trivina Kassis, a Lebanese Christian, had said the day after the explosion.
“Your prayer brings hope to every single individual in Lebanon to continue and to rise above the crisis we are in,” continued Ms Kassis. “The Lord says, ‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree and will grow like a cedar in Lebanon’.” (Psalm 92:12)
Those prayers are still needed one year on.
Today (9th August) Anglican Missions prayer diary is praying for youth with the quote, also relevant for Lebanon, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, to give you a future with hope..."Jeremiah 29:11
We pray for a future of hope.