Following the devastating explosions in Beirut on August 4, with many victims and injured, many countries around the world, including Nigeria, have expressed full solidarity with and support for the families of the victims, the Lebanese people and authorities.
The InnerCity Mission (ICM) Relief Mission in Lebanon, under the auspices of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI) offered prayers of relief for Beirut, Lebanon. The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International is a global organization that provides charitable services and sponsors humanitarian initiatives sharing the uplifting Word of God to many countries across the world. Earlier this week when large parts of Lebanon’s capital city were torn apart by the explosion, more than 300 000 people were displaced from their homes and over 5000 casualties were left in critical condition. The death toll is at 154 and rising daily, according to Lebanon’s health minister. Beirut has consequently been declared a “Disaster City” with an imposed two-week state of emergency.
“Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8
Join the members of COFI and InnerCity Mission Relief to Lebanon in praying for the speedy recovery of survivors of the explosion. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the children and families affected by the explosion in Beirut. We pray that God grants them peace and speedy recovery at this time. Please join us to pray for the nation of Lebanon. Besides for the rising death toll, and the 5000 injured in the massive explosion that shook the city, hundreds of people have been reported missing, including at least 10 firefighters working for Beirut’s municipality, raising valid fears of the rising death toll. It is still unclear what exactly caused the explosion and Lebanon’s prime minister has issued an investigation to focus on the reasons behind the storage of an estimated 2 750 metric tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate at a warehouse.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for $15M to cover emergency health needs in Lebanon following the Beirut port explosion. The blast destroyed 17 containers holding WHO medical supplies including personal protective equipment, the agency’s regional office for the Middle East said in a statement. Five hospitals in the area affected by Tuesday’s blast are either not functioning or partially functioning, and early reports indicate that many health centers and primary care facilities are also damaged or out of action.
COFI believes in supporting strong foundations of community by promoting good governance, accountable leadership and sustainable development in vulnerable parts of the world. You can join the InnerCity Mission by becoming a volunteer with the Humanitarian Volunteer Network (HVN), which is a global network of Christian social and development experts, practitioners, and students committed to delivering psycho-social solutions to indigent children and families in nations in crisis and deprived communities around the world.
The aim of the network is to pool and utilize skills in Humanitarian Aid, Social work, Public service and other fields to achieve the goal of the InnerCity Mission for Children to reach indigent children and families globally. As a member of the Humanitarian Volunteer Network, there are a plethora of opportunities available for you to volunteer with the InnerCity Mission for Children.