Appeal for Beirut from Rev. Simon Hansford

We have watched in horror and a sense of despair, as the comprehensive disaster in Beirut is revealed to the world.

All of us have friends from Lebanon, many of us have family from there. This disaster must seem almost insurmountable after all the challenges this country faced in the last four decades and beyond.

I have been talking with Rev’s Gaby Kobrossi (Bankstown) and Krikor Youmshajekian (St. Andrew’s Longueville), who have lived, worked and ministered in Beirut. The church and school communities which they built and in which they worked are profoundly affected by the explosions.

The rebuilding – simply finding enough glass for all the windows alone – will take years, but the restoration of lives and communities will be longer, more challenging task.

What we can we do?

Praying is absolutely vital:

  • for those affected, for the families of those wounded and killed;
  • for the leaders of the nation, now that the government has resigned and there is ongoing political unrest;
  • for international aid, that it be generous, swift and wise in its distribution
  • for the many communities in Beirut, who make their home there
  • for the ministry of the churches in Lebanon, witnessing to Christ’s justice, healing and hope

if you are able to make an emergency donation, we believe the most direct way to send the money is through the Bankstown Congregation, where Gaby is in placement. This will be given directly to the Reformed and Evangelical church and school communities linked with Gaby and Krikor.

You can make direct deposit to the Bankstown District Uniting Church bank account with “Beirut Appeal” as a reference. The Bank details are:

BSB No: 882000
Acc. No: 100136727

Gaby has written a prayer for this Sunday, and every other day.

Please continue to pray, to remember and to act.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Rev. Simon Hansford, Moderator, Synod of NSW and ACT