Support a Food Kitchen for Refugees and the Poor in Lebanon
Born in Cyprus, St. John the Merciful was a 7th century saint noted for his generosity to the poor and suffering. Wherever he saw a need, he strove with all his resources to help. By the time he became patriarch of Alexandria, he was feeding some 7,900 poor people every day. He is honored today as a saint both by Catholic and by Orthodox Christians.
The feeding program named after him is run by the Melkite Catholic Church in the Lebanese town of Zahleh, close to the Syrian border. The center has been up and running since December 2015 and is a place of welcome for all those who cannot afford a hot meal every day. This includes many Syrian refugees, but also a growing number of Lebanese.
Every day, some 1,000 people are given a hot meal here. Of these, 800 or so come to the center themselves to eat, while another 200, who are handicapped, frail, elderly or sick, are visited at home by volunteers from the center – these volunteers bring both a hot meal and also words of spiritual comfort and human warmth.
The idea is to provide food not only for the body but also for the soul and offer spiritual and psychological support to those who need it. The project represents an important contribution to the effort to prevent the emigration of Christians from the region, since otherwise many of these people would likely be forced to try and move abroad in order to feed themselves and their families.
ACN is supporting this excellent project once again this year, with a total of $986,000.
Will you join in supporting the feeding of refugees and the poor in Lebanon, at this Catholic food kitchen named after Saint John the Merciful?
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