November 29, 2016

From Despair to Hope

Did you help a refugee this year? Last year over one thousand Mission ConneXion attendees were encouraged and challenged by Grant Porter speaking on the Syrian refugee crisis. Several churches took his challenge to heart and many people volunteered time, gave away possessions and actually physically went to care for Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon. This is one of the things we love about Portland area churches!

camille-melki-bThis year we have the opportunity to hear from Camille Melki, CEO of Heart for Lebanon, a faith based organization in Lebanon. Heart for Lebanon is driven by the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ to see lives changed and communities transformed by moving those who have been marginalized and rejected by society from despair to hope. Heart for Lebanon provides Transactional Relief, Relational Relief and Transformational Relief done unconditionally.

Some of our Portland area churches have partnered with Heart for Lebanon providing short term teams that visit with refugee families, provide medical aid, minister to refugee children, packing food, and intercessory prayer. You will want to hear Camille’s uplifting first-hand accounts of how Christ is moving in the midst of this unprecedented crisis and the role your church could play in it.

In addition to keeping yourself current on the refugee situation and rejoicing in God’s presence in the midst of the crisis, you will also have the opportunity to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of refugees through the local efforts of the Refugee Care Collective. Megan Tragethon, Executive Director, will help you discover how you and your church can care for the refugees God is sending our way!