Heart for Lebanon Foundation

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Heart for Lebanon is a non-denominational Christian organization creating faith-defining environments that give under resourced families and children in Lebanon the chance to encounter God and grow spiritually.

While the Syrian refugees are in Lebanon as temporary guests, Heart for Lebanon's Outreach Family Care starts with meeting the physical needs of each refugee family to sustain life in a hostile environment. Our Children-at-Risk environment allows us to reach children with solid academic and spiritual education through the H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty through Education) program. The Hope On Wheels environment allows us to reach many children right where they live - in the tent settlements on a consistent basis. These access ministries (Level 1) allow us to build trust to create a relationship with the people we serve (Level 2). Both are done unconditionally and holistically.

What follows soon after is a personal invitation to join a Bible study environment. (Level 3) This environment is where we talk about relationships, peace building, reconciliation, dignity, respect, and many more life topics from a biblical perspective. Many come to faith in Jesus Christ and most of them desire to join one of our two Worship Gatherings. (Level 4) It's in this environment that we encourage them and deepen their faith and each person can begin to discover and use their gifts, talents, and pray for one another.

Out of this group of discipled believers we are building a new community of servant leaders. (Level 5) Converts from Islam, believers in Christ as their personal savior, are leading others to believe in Him and are discipled to grow in their faith and to follow Jesus with humility and integrity. Heart for Lebanon is committed to help equip leaders from within the refugee population who will lead their respective families and communities into a brighter future for Syria.

Heart for Lebanon's commitment is to raise up new communities of faith; loving, caring, forgiving communities lead by Godly leaders. Someday they will return to Syria with God-like character and the skills necessary to help rebuild Syria as Biblical servant leaders.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Heart for Lebanon
PO Box 1294
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Website: heartforlebanon.org

Phone: 828-505-8432

Email: info@heartforlebanon.org

Organization details

EIN: 260354460

CEO/President: Camille Melki / James Ward

Chairman: Jack Hibbard

Board size: 9

Founder: Camille Melki and Tom Atema

Year founded: 2008

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


Driven by the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ, Heart for Lebanon exists to see lives changed and communities transformed. We are passionate to reach the lost and broken, to advance peace, justice, and equality and to empower the marginalized and rejected.

Mission statement

To make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

These core beliefs make up the foundation upon which all our ministry endeavors are based.

Heart for Lebanon believes:

The Bible to be the infallible Word of God, that it is His holy and inspired Word, and that it is of supreme and final authority.

In one God, eternally existing in three personal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He led a sinless life, took on Himself all our sins, died and rose again, and is seated at the right hand of the Father as our mediator and advocate.

That all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, and need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through His shed blood on the cross.

That Christ rose from the dead and is coming soon.

In holy Christian living, and that we must have concern for the hurts and social needs of our fellowmen.

We must dedicate ourselves anew to the service of our Lord and to His authority over our lives.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating271 of 94130 of 104
Fund acquisition rating299 of 94340 of 104
Resource allocation rating221 of 94328 of 104
Asset utilization rating588 of 94163 of 104

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$3,649,053$2,197,106$1,452,038$1,106,189$946,224
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,805,383$3,492,323$2,388,995$1,906,297$2,165,198
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$5,805,383$3,492,323$2,388,995$1,906,297$2,165,198
Payables and accrued expenses$11,536$9,714$16,160$3,609$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$11,536$9,714$16,160$3,609$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$11,536$9,714$16,160$3,609$0
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,793,847$3,364,269$2,020,418$357,330$190,478
With donor restrictions$0$118,340$352,417$1,545,358$1,974,720
Net assets$5,793,847$3,482,609$2,372,835$1,902,688$2,165,198
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,288,592$5,645,431$5,141,068$4,603,269$5,381,175
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$60,183$62,495$64,717$50,332$12,761
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$60,183$62,495$64,717$50,332$12,761
Total revenue$7,348,775$5,707,926$5,205,785$4,653,601$5,393,936
Program services$4,662,061$3,891,319$3,827,039$4,342,690$4,009,670
Management and general$265,499$534,282$397,114$337,093$295,661
Total expenses$5,211,619$4,849,647$4,575,742$4,979,166$4,675,022
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$2,137,156$858,279$630,043($325,565)$718,914
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,137,156$858,279$630,043($325,565)$718,914


James WardExecutive Director$150,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Heart for Lebanon's faith-defining environments within Family Care, meet the physical and emotional needs of families unconditionally yet holistically. The majority of the people we serve are widows and orphans. By assessing needs, our care begins by providing need like: small household items, wood stoves, winter clothes, blankets, mattresses, rugs, tarps, wood for building and repairing tents, and clean water. To show the love of Jesus Christ, we provide supplemental food, hygiene, and household items for a family; not creating dependency, but rather filling the gap they are experiencing.

Another faith-defining environment is our H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty with Education) Program taking the form of non-formal education for children that cannot attend local schools. Math, Arabic, English, Biblical character trait studies, art, music, leadership development and science are basic classes helping children keep up with their academic studies. The children we educate are excited to be part of this program and the affects of the program trickle down to the families involved.

These two faith-defining environments allow us the privilege to hold relational conversations giving the Heart for Lebanon Team time to speak one-on-one with families listening to their emotional needs and stresses. Sharing life stories opens the door for the Team to introduce Jesus Christ into the conversation and unconditionally invite the family to attend a Bible study and from Bible studies to a Worship Gathering.

After families have been given practical care in the form of basic goods, we work to address the emotional and spiritual needs of families through regular home visits, monthly spiritual programs, and children's activities building lasting and authentic relationships allowing us to share the love of Jesus Christ. Reconciliation through spiritual discipleship is a lifelong process. Heart for Lebanon not only provides for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, we integrate them so that people are better served to achieve our mission of discipleship.

Two Syrian Muslim Born Believers Worship Gatherings (churches) have been established with the goal of preparing Syrian refugees to return home with a lifestyle that will reset Syria for good using the church in Syria as the cornerstone of the rebuilding process. Imagine what the Syrian church could accomplish with a team of biblically solid Muslim Born Believers returning home with an irresistible holy lifestyle and a biblical worldview infused into their everyday lives? Leaders evidenced by servant leadership rather than the old dictatorial model.

The Despair of Syrian Refugees

The war in Syria, now eight years in length, has devastated the Syrian population. Almost 8 million people are internally displaced with an additional 5 million people fleeing to neighboring countries. Syrians fled in mass to Lebanon, the largest per capita host of refugees worldwide, looking for shelter, basic provisions and someone to trust. The war broke their trust in humanity as many were forced to leave their physical safety, daily provision, security and emotional stability. They arrived broken and full of despair with shattered hearts and dreams faced with an unknown future. What we see in the Middle East is a humanitarian crisis that must be met with more than aid.

Lebanon is overburdened and unable to keep pace with the refugee crisis. The weak economy and the limited financial resources available add to the dire situation refugees and locals are experiencing. Children are the most vulnerable-having experienced war atrocities and crimes against humanity firsthand, they are definitely at great risk. Children fleeing to Lebanon, in many cases with just their mom and siblings, arrive without the basic needs for survival: food and shelter. They do not have a safe place to live, play, learn, or laugh. The war in Syria is not over! The need in Lebanon is far more desperate today than last year.

Heart for Lebanon is in the midst of this crisis to lead people from despair to hope through family care and education, relational engagement, and reconciliation through spiritual discipleship.

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