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Bible Soc: Beirut
The Bible Society of Lebanon has asked for prayer after the blast that hit the capital Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 135 people and injuring around 5,000 others. Many are still missing.
The Society’s offices were damaged by the explosion but all of the staff are safe.
In a statement, the Society said: ‘We praise God for the safety of our colleagues. We also ask you to join us in continuing to pray for the team serving with the Bible Society in Lebanon, for all people in Beirut who are injured or who have family and loved ones who died in the explosion, for the process of repairing the Bible Society Centre, and for the continued ministry of the Bible Society in Lebanon of sharing Scripture at this time.’
Lebanon is already facing an economic crisis and the destruction of its main port facility will add to its difficulties. Hospitals – some of which were also damaged in the blast – and other services are struggling to cope, and there have been anti-government protests in the city.
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Posted on 8 Aug 2020