Who we are
MERATH is a faith-based organization that empowers local churches and organizations to implement relief and development projects for thousands of displaced and vulnerable families in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
We believe that it is through caring for the whole person that we best incarnate the ministry of Christ, who both fed the hungry and offered His body as the bread of life, healed the sick, and preached forgiveness of sins. It is in the context of relationship and community that our church partners are able to be authentic witnesses to our vulnerable neighbors, unconditionally serving each according to their needs.
We believe that God calls us to love and serve all, even our enemies. Thus, we seek to work unconditionally, for the benefit of the most vulnerable irrespective of colour, creed, gender or race, and without placing any obligations on our beneficiaries.
We believe in the intrinsic worth of humanity as creatures created in the image of God. Thus, we seek to uphold human dignity through a holistic approach that prioritizes the emotional and spiritual needs of human beings as well as the material.
We believe that the skills and resources we have are gifts from God to be stewarded on behalf of humanity. Thus, we seek to empower local faith communities to invest their financial, spiritual, and social capital in the service of the vulnerable and oppressed.
For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
And I will bless and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.