Thanks to the generosity of parishes in the diocese, the Open Doors project to support Kurdish refugees in Beirut City is now totally funded with £20,000.
The remaining £7,547.47 has been allocated to Open Doors’ relief efforts in the region.
Kurdish refugees from Syria are among the most vulnerable in Lebanese society and are being provided with medicines, medical and psychiatric services, and essential humanitarian aid and food.
Eddie Lyle, President of Open Doors UK and Ireland writes:
“Although the media have forgotten Beirut and moved on, thankfully the people of God have not. Bishop David’s compassionate call to action was both timely and prophetic. The Centre of Hope is exactly what it says that it is. A place of sanctuary, a place of mercy where food and medicines are distributed. It is also a place of hope where the life transforming message of a risen Saviour is being witnessed to practically and spiritually. It’s a miracle that such a place exists, and for the Kurdish Christians and seekers who have lost absolutely everything the generosity of the churches and parishioners of the Diocese of Down and Dromore is a truly remarkable intervention. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Open Doors ask us to please keep praying for their local partners as they continue to provide spiritual and practical support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the wider region. This support is particularly vital in the face of acute food insecurity caused by the damaged port not being able to receive imports of basic necessities.