“I’ve lost track of how many times I have been asked ‘why do you love us?’” the administrator of our Syrian education center shared. She continued to explain how multiple times a week, students, parents, teachers, or other Syrian refugees she visits while handing out small gifts of aid all are surprised to see her love for them. What an opportunity to express the love of Christ! Truly, the love of Christ is compelling the believers in North Lebanon. And in a way that the Lord receives the glory! Syrians know that there is no reason for Lebanese to love them, especially when they have such different religious beliefs. But God is bigger and God is greater than these stereotypes and cultural walls. He is using the war in Syria for good. God is allowing Syrians to hear the gospel, and the amazing part is they are not just hearing the gospel, but watching it be lived out by those who they least expected to care for them! What greater testimony is there to the love of Christ?
None of us deserve to be loved by God. Even though we are all sinners God loves us unconditionally. But loving us unconditionally and proclaiming His love to us from the heavens was not enough. God became flesh to dwell among us and live incarnationally among us. He came to us in the midst of our broken, ugly, hurting world; He brought peace, healed the sick, and restored our relationship with our Creator.
Praise God with us for the opportunity to share life with some of these families for several years and some for maybe only one visit. Pray that we would continue to let the love of Christ compel us to love people who are sometimes difficult to love. Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to reveal Himself to these students, parents, teachers, and other Syrians so that they may come to saving faith in Christ alone. May they be overcome by the love of Christ in ways that would not only affect the future of Syria, but the whole world.