Heart for Lebanon Foundation

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Lebanon hosts the most refugees per capita of any country in the world. These families have fled war and violence looking for shelter and basic provisions.

Our Unique Strategy:

Family Care and Education - Addressing the physical needs of families through humanitarian aid and education for children

Relational Engagement Ministries - Building relationships through home visits, faith based programs and children's activities.

Spiritual Formation Ministries - Leading people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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

The families we serve are living in desperate conditions. The majority of which include widows and orphans who struggle to survive the harsh realities of life in Lebanon. By assessing the specific needs of each family, our unconditional physical care begins by providing essential survival items like, supplemental food, hygiene supplies, wood stoves, bedding, mattresses etc. This show of care gives us the opportunity to build intentional relationships with the families we serve. We are intentional, not to create dependency, but to fill a short-term gap while spiritual healing and restoration takes place.

Over 50% of 2 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon are children under the age of 18. The youngest of these have known no other life than that of poverty in unstable living conditions. Without an education they will not develop the academic, social, or spiritual capacity necessary to establish a better future for themselves, their families, or their communities. Heart for Lebanon is providing value-based learning environments on a consistent basis in the classroom and the tent settlements to teach, encourage, and equip as many children as possible.

These environments allow our indigenous staff the privilege to hold relational conversations, giving our team time to speak one-on-one with families while 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 Bible Studies and Worship Gatherings. As people learn and grow in their faith, a passion develops to tell others about Jesus. People who desire ongoing discipleship and leadership training are able to receive in-depth training. Together we are building a new community of value-based servant leaders to reach their sphere of influence with the Gospel.

Contact information

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

Website: heartforlebanon.org

Phone: 828-505-8432

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 260354460

CEO/President: Camille Melki / James Ward

Chairman: Jack Hibbard / Durwood Snead

Board size: 10

Founder: Camille Melki and Tom Atema

Ruling year: 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 rating416 of 105048 of 139
Fund acquisition rating390 of 105155 of 139
Resource allocation rating308 of 105130 of 139
Asset utilization rating714 of 105089 of 139

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$5,966,161$3,649,053$2,197,106$1,452,038$1,106,189
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,645,956$5,805,383$3,492,323$2,388,995$1,906,297
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$7,645,956$5,805,383$3,492,323$2,388,995$1,906,297
Payables and accrued expenses$40,378$11,536$9,714$16,160$3,609
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$40,378$11,536$9,714$16,160$3,609
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$40,378$11,536$9,714$16,160$3,609
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$7,605,578$5,793,847$3,364,269$2,020,418$357,330
With donor restrictions$0$0$118,340$352,417$1,545,358
Net assets$7,605,578$5,793,847$3,482,609$2,372,835$1,902,688
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,682,272$7,288,592$5,645,431$5,141,068$4,603,269
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,035$60,183$62,495$64,717$50,332
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$2,035$60,183$62,495$64,717$50,332
Total revenue$6,684,307$7,348,775$5,707,926$5,205,785$4,653,601
Program services$4,859,337$4,662,061$3,891,319$3,827,039$4,342,690
Management and general$316,166$265,499$534,282$397,114$337,093
Total expenses$5,419,829$5,211,619$4,849,647$4,575,742$4,979,166
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,264,478$2,137,156$858,279$630,043($325,565)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,264,478$2,137,156$858,279$630,043($325,565)


James WardExecutive Director$150,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The country of Lebanon is no stranger to crisis. Eighteen years of civil/regional wars plus thirty years of foreign occupation have crippled the government and destroyed much of the country's infrastructure. Decades of corruption have led to a sharp devaluation of the local currency. Soaring unemployment and political instability are driving more and more families below the poverty line every day. The COVID19 crisis and the explosion that devastated downtown Beirut have only compounded the desperation of the situation in Lebanon.

If that was not enough, today, Lebanon hosts the highest population of refugees per capita of any country in the world. These families have fled war and violence looking for shelter and basic provisions. The effects of the ongoing refugee crisis only deepen the pain and suffering in Lebanon. Both, Lebanese and refugee families are experiencing significant hardships. For many, despair overshadows their lives.

Heart for Lebanon comes alongside families living in despair by helping meet physical needs, providing access to education, and building authentic relationships that allow us to introduce them to the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.

In the midst of the growing crisis, we see God moving in historic ways. More people are turning to Christ in the Middle East today than any time in history. Heart for Lebanon is taking full advantage of this unique season to reach, engage, and disciple men, women and children, many of which have never heard the truth about Jesus Christ. God is transforming lives, changing communities, and moving in a way that will reshape the country of Lebanon and thus the Middle-East.

Program accomplishments

Here is a glimpse of the numerical impact being made...
3,600 families being served monthly through our Access Ministries
Over 1,500 adults actively engaged in Bible Study and Worship Gatherings
950 Students in a Christian Educational Program
Three Worship Services launched with over 750 people in weekly attendance
Over 100 adults experiencing Missional Leadership Training
1,200 children engaged in Hope on Wheels, Sports, and Clubs