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Heart for Lebanon 

HEART FOR LEBANON

 

Heart for Lebanon was founded in 2006 as a natural response to the devastation left behind after the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. The focus was to provide a holistic approach to ministry for people to have a better future. In 2009, we began a student scholarship program to help students attend a Christian School.

 

When civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, sending over one million refugees into Lebanon, we began providing holistic care to help refugee families. In 2013, our Children at Risk Initiative began to provide the skills needed to help children have a better future. In 2014, we introduced the Hope on Wheels ministry, a mobile educational truck that engages refugee children where they live.

 

In 2015, our Beirut hub opened with warehouse space, food packing operations, offices, and training rooms. In 2016 we broke ground for a new Hope Ministry Center – Bekaa that will open in late 2019. This new facility will more than double our ministry capacity in the Bekaa Valley the epicenter for refugees arriving in Lebanon.

 

WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM

 

 

William’s motto is, “Let’s Get Caught Doing Good Together.” This life mission has influenced the way he operates, regardless of his position. As a US Navy veteran, William served honorably in multiple conflicts and wars beginning in 1985. After serving several years overseas in
multiple countries in the 80’s to early 90’s as a Naval intelligence professional, William accepted a ministry position as an assisting
pastor with Calvary Chapel of Honolulu.

 

A call from the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2004 redirected William to serve as an intelligence asset to Special Forces units in Afghanistan
and Iraq. Over the next several years, he would lead several operational components in multiple hostile locations, ensuring both kinetic and non-combative missions were achieved.

 

Then, in 2012, he focused his interests on creating a better environment by volunteering and then serving as Chief Operating Officer and Major Gift Officer of the largest homeless shelter in Western North Carolina, Western Carolina Rescue Mission, where he continues to serve today. He has been assisting the Director and Board members of the Western Carolina Rescue Mission in downtown Asheville with the management of approximately $2.5 million in contributions and hard assets, while at the same time, coaching life-changing principles to those in need.