Beirut and Beqaa Valley, Lebanon
A Writing About Hope
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
In January, as part of my work with a UK-based foundation, I had the opportunity to visit a couple of projects in Lebanon and border areas with Syria, among refugee communities.
More than half of Lebanon’s population are refugees and the country is split between Christian and Muslim factions. In the midst of this, in the inner city of the capital city, Beirut – an incredible initiative I have the privilege to be working with - provide after-school mentorship for up to 2000 kids each week, working to bridge the divide between faiths, economics, and a war-torn history, advocating for peace and reconciliation.
What does this have to do with Metro? Well, part of the story of our community is that it has attracted attention nationally and beyond, and we are invited to participate in conversations and initiatives where our experience can be of value to others. In turn, I am able to bring back the variety and richness of perspective to our little community and share it with our tribe.
If there was a pervasive and a common thread that runs through these experiences and ties them to our street-level ministry at home, it would be hope. During some time with a refugee community, one million strong, in the Beqaa Valley bordering Syria and Lebanon; being invited into people’s tents, being offered tea, hearing their stories of exclusion and hardship for over 6 years, one thing that what was always present, was hope. Much like many members of our community who have faced persecution, exclusion, hardship and poverty, the presence and practice of hope continues to challenge and inspire me.
I hope you enjoy our latest newsletter. There is much for us to be excited about. God is on the move! We hope you’ll partner with us into this new and hopeful chapter in our history, and discover with us that ‘Hope has an address’.
Words by Laurence East