Rima and her family are refugees. They fled Syria when their home was destroyed. Once in Lebanon, while they had escaped the imminent threat of violence, they found that life was still far from ideal. Employment was nearly impossible to find, as was housing, and there were no spaces in the schools for the children.
Their story is one of many. As a result of the political turmoil in Syria, an estimated 630,000 children and their families have fled to Lebanon.
God has placed a vision in the hearts of Pioneers missionaries and members of a partnering church in Lebanon. Together, we have established the Clementia Learning Center.
The goal is two-fold:
1. Provide learning opportunities for refugee children
2. Develop relationships and community among refugee families
Before, during times of peace, Syrians were notoriously closed to the Gospel. Many would not have even considered interacting with Christians; indeed, they would have had little opportunity to do so, as there were so few Syrian Christians (hence, Syrians, as a people group, have been considered “unreached”).
Now, separated from their homeland, many are encountering Christians for the first time! They are experiencing the demonstration of the love of Christ through believers who are providing food, learning opportunities, care and truly the most precious gift: the Word of God.
Would you like to get involved? Your support of the Clementia Learning Center can help ensure that more children receive an education, and that their families are reached with a living demonstration of the Gospel.
Click on the button to donate now; or to learn more, check out the full proposal here.