The massive explosion at Beirut’s port in Lebanon on 4 August caused catastrophic damage across the capital city killing more than 190 people, causing 6,500 injuries and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. The explosion caused US10-15billion in property damage.
Lebanon borders Israel to the south and is part of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Most Reverend Suheil Dawani, has called out to Anglicans around the world for help in supporting ‘those members of the communities in Beirut most stricken by this tragedy’. While two Anglican Churches sustained damaged, more importantly the Church has been out supporting and caring for communities who have lost homes and often hope.
On behalf the Anglican Church in this part of the world, Anglican Missions made an immediate contribution of $1,500 to Archbishop Suheil’s request.
One of our key partners in Australia, the Anglican Board of Missions (ABM), has launched an appeal. If you would like to contribute, please go to: Emergency Appeal for Beirut
A prayer from ABM (Australia)
Look with compassion, O God,
on the people of Lebanon,
and move our hearts
so we may stand in solidarity with them.
We pray for the souls of all who have died,
and for their families and friends who mourn them.
We pray also for the injured
and those who now find themselves homeless.
Send your Spirit to comfort them
as they adjust to the effects of the blast
and the sadness that it has brought.
Strengthen all those in the country
who have been working to improve it,
and guide others to join them
to transform Lebanon into a better place.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the power of the Holy Spirit,
One God for ever and ever. Amen.