Four years ago this week I was in Lebanon 🇱🇧 with a wonderful group from different countries to see what was happening in Lebanon and hear from Syrians (the hills you can see in the distance on the photo are in Syria 🇸🇾). The church we visited had an amazing programme for helping refugees (the other photo is of a volunteer dental team and the church did so much more). All this largely to people of a different faith and nationality (most Lebanese hate Syrians for historic reasons.) We met people in terrible conditions and with heart-breaking stories but saw hope being brought. Do remember and pray for both countries-the situation in Lebanon in particular has got much worse since I was there.
Back then I ran my first and only marathon to support the work of Open Doors partners. This week it’s Pilgrims Way Part 2; it will be 55 miles (plus) from Otford near Sevenoaks to Canterbury. This time I won’t be alone but I could be wetter by the look of the forecast! Do remember Chris from Gloucestershire (who’s 10 years older than me so I have no excuses!) and myself as we push ourselves. Both of us have small health issues at present. Hopefully we can raise more money for Open Doors partners to help those in great need in places around the world where life is very challenging.
4 years ago, the day after the run, we sat on a small rock 🪨in the Med and sang the song “Oceans” by Hiilsong. It reminds me that we must push ourselves out of our comfort zones to make a difference. But, when that’s following the call of Jesus, he enables us to do that.
I will post regular updates this week but a reminder of justgiving address. https://justgiving.com/fundraising/AdrianSmith6060 Thanks.