Emil and Reem Bourizk - Lebanon

Syrian refugees, who make up a quarter of Lebanon’s population, are some of the most marginalised people in the country. One of their greatest needs is primary level education, along with counselling, accommodation, food and clothing. Our vision is to bring hope and healing to thousands of refugees.

Depending on the changing refugee population, we typically teach around 60–80 children aged 3–15, offering basic education as well as introducing children to the gospel. As much as possible, we also connect with children’s families, offering them counselling and helping them to understand the gospel message.

Call

To show God’s love to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Role

Offering basic schooling for Syrian refugee children and providing pastoral care for non-church people and Iraqi Christian families

More about Emil and Reem Bourizk

Originally from Lebanon, we lived in North Africa for several years, returning to Lebanon in 2014. Back home, we found our house was surrounded by at least 20 Syrian families living in tents, with nobody to care for them. These refugees had no furniture, almost no food and some of the children didn’t even have shoes. Most local people weren’t interested in helping them and we felt the call to show them God’s unconditional love – to care for them whether they are interested in the gospel or not.

We are part of CMS because they believed in our vision and mission, they listened to us, have seen what we do, prayed for us and then stood behind us. CMS wants to call people in action and wants to share the gospel with everyone, especially people on the margins and of course refugees.

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