Thank you! for being together and for standing by the people of Lebanon during these indescribable hard times.
The situation of Lebanon has been exponentially deteriorating for the past decades. A beautiful land, wonderful people, the last stronghold of Christianity in the Middle East, with a rich culture and history, has been the victim of civil war since 1975, then under the yoke of serious economic duress, unemployment that reached 56% in 2018; endemic corruption in the public sector transforming the government into a puppet toy of radical ideologist countries; failures of the government to provide basic services such as electricity, water and sanitation legislation that is perceived to shield the ruling class from accountability. On October 17 2019 a civil protest that embraced the entire country a ray of hope emerged. In 2020 the country was hit hard by the Corona virus, caused mainly by infected individuals from the outside, who were brought in to quarantine in Lebanon. The months of March thru June, 2020, witnessed the bankruptcy of the banking sector caused by a government orchestrated Ponzi scheme, that inflated the currency 400% in 3 months. Finally, the mainly Christian sector of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has been hit by an enigmatic explosion the third biggest in the world after Hiroshima, that killed hundreds, wounded thousands destroyed hundred of thousands of structures.
The cross is indescribable, yet our prayer is based in faith, love and hope in the Resurrection!