AMAL stands for American Methodist Alliance of Love. It is also the Arabic form of the word hope. AMAL=Hope is what we are calling our collective of United Methodist church workers going together to explore ways that we can partner with the people of Lebanon to bring hope for a brighter tomorrow by sharing the love of God in the world.
Last year, we traveled to Lesvos as independent volunteers to assist with the humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing from Turkey. As we reflected on our experience working with refugees we decided that our next step needed to be establishing a more permanent and long-lasting relationship with a community in the midst of this crisis. We recognize that the sheer numbers of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon has created an unsustainable crisis in that country which most Americans are simply unaware of.
Our trip to Lebanon is to help us be more aware of the situation and the humanitarian needs first hand. We will visit a number of refugee camps, as well as NGOs that are currently operating on the ground and other non-profits. Our intent is to return home with stories to tell that will raise awareness and motivate people toward help with a project based in Lebanon. Our hope is to start an organization that can encourage innovation and provide education for young people in Lebanon who struggle to have access to education for a number of reasons. The idea is that this project be funded through partners in the US and operated by teams of volunteers in Lebanon. Our primary goal is to offer hope and that can come in many different ways.
Our air travel, ground transportation, food and lodging for this trip can get costly. We would ask that you prayerfully consider helping us to make this journey by making a contribution through this Go Fund Me site. We leave on this journey on February 23rd. Your financial and prayer support will mean a great deal to us. Thank you and God bless you.