Home>Project>Build the Church>Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD)

Build the Church

Project Profile

Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD)

OVERVIEW

CBM’s partner, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), seeks to build bridges between communities. Each of their ministries offers a unique opportunity to build relationships, share the gospel and demonstrate the reality of the Kingdom of God. Support this project with financial contributions and prayer. 

Cause:

Location

Field Staff:

Local Partner:

Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) 

The Situation

Lebanon, a small country on the coast of the eastern Mediterranean, stands at the crossroads of West and East, the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland. For centuries, Lebanon’s mountains provided a refuge for many religious minorities. Today, there are 18 official religious groups, and political power is divided among them. This ethnic and religious diversity is part of Lebanon’s cultural identity, but also a source of tension that led to a devastating civil war. Then with the influx of Syrian refugees, and the political, economic, and pandemic turmoil in recent years, the Beirut blast devastated the nation’s capital.

 CBM’s partners on the ground have been working tirelessly to provide ongoing support, recovery, and investment in the livelihoods of families and the community, through the help of the local church. It is currently a period of transformation, as churches that went silent after the war have been going out into the streets to help, and coming together to pray.

OVERVIEW

CBM’s partner, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), seeks to build bridges between communities. Each of their ministries offers a unique opportunity to build relationships, share the gospel and demonstrate the reality of the Kingdom of God. Support this project with financial contributions and prayer. 

The Situation

Lebanon, a small country on the coast of the eastern Mediterranean, stands at the crossroads of West and East, the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland. For centuries, Lebanon’s mountains provided a refuge for many religious minorities. Today, there are 18 official religious groups, and political power is divided among them. This ethnic and religious diversity is part of Lebanon’s cultural identity, but also a source of tension that led to a devastating civil war. Then with the influx of Syrian refugees, and the political, economic, and pandemic turmoil in recent years, the Beirut blast devastated the nation’s capital.

 CBM’s partners on the ground have been working tirelessly to provide ongoing support, recovery, and investment in the livelihoods of families and the community, through the help of the local church. It is currently a period of transformation, as churches that went silent after the war have been going out into the streets to help, and coming together to pray.

How We Are Helping

CBM and the LSESD, along with several of their local partners and churches, have been committed to serving communities in these ways 

Children and youth at risk

Offering social and educational activities to help traumatized children and youth, refugees, and  vulnerable communities receive support and resources. 

Community relief and development

Providing food, shelter, and life-saving medical care to vulnerable Syrian refugee families in response to crisis, while caring for displaced families long-term. 

Theological education and discipleship 

Providing resources and training students and local leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa, who return to their countries committed to serve as pastors, church planters, evangelists, or in ministry in the marketplace. 

photo of Lebanese children and adults playing soccer
Photo of Lebanese children giving peace signs and smiling

The Impact of Our Work

An Iraqi man, his Iranian wife and their three children fled to Lebanon when the husband converted to Christianity. His wife is also unable to return to Iran because she has an Iraqi husband. Yet, even in Lebanon, they face social rejection due to living in a Sunni dominant area, and the wife and daughter are unable to communicate in Arabic. This has led to great isolation, and financially they face challenges because job opportunities are limited for non-Lebanese

However, through the local church, Baptist youth workers visited the family with a food box and showed them love, compassion and lifted up prayers together about their situation. This visit made a very large impact on this family, because they never had visitors before, and also because foreigners were interested in knowing them. Visits like these offer hope, provide love and encouragement, as well as valuable support and advice for families in need. 

“I am so thankful for the kindness that this team showed my family. That they cared enough to visit us and pray for us. Please pray for my family, that one day we can live somewhere that will not reject us.” 
“Reconciliation is at the heart of the Christian faith. So the responsibility for peace lies very much in the hands of Christians. We are a small group of Baptists trying to light a few candles in the darkness of the world.”
View Field Staff Profile >