"I Was a Stranger..."

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in” (Matt. 25:35).

In West Bekaa, Lebanon, close to the Syrian border, Hamad and his extended family, including ten children ages 2 to 17, live in tents made of tarps on the fringes of agricultural land. Nearby are large peach and apple orchards and fields where sheep graze. Hamad says there are 300 refugees living in this area.  

“We came here from Syria four years ago,” Hamad says. “We rent this place to live and we work in the fields for money. But this time of year there is no farm work,” he says. “Without regular work, I’ve fallen into debt for rent and food.”  

Nearly five years have passed since Syrians began fleeing conflict in their country. More than 4.7 million people have left Syria, most settling in nearby Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Many struggle daily to meet their basic needs.

Pray: Ask God to open your heart and mind to the needs of refugees. 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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