Raja giving an Arabic lesson to his students in MERATH’s partner education center in the Beqaa valley.
What makes me the happiest in the ministry is the feeling to be serving God through serving these children. Jesus’ model of ministry demonstrates that the physical, emotional, and social needs of the community are a vital part of outreach. In Lebanon, there are way too many children who are left out of school. I deeply believe the education center responds to a huge need in our community and it makes me feel like I am at the right place here. I only wish even more children could benefit from it.
It is not just my Syrian identity and heritage that drives my dedication to these children; it is my unwavering belief in the power of education, and God’s grace to transform their lives. I love my work because it stems from a deep sense of purpose to deliver a message. A message to a people the church could not have reached had they not come to Lebanon.