Heart for Lebanon Foundation

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Heart for Lebanon is a non-denominational 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.

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: James Ward

Chairman: Jack Hibbard

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

Heart for Lebanon believes that its purpose is clearly defined in the Bible, "Go and make disciples." (Matt 28:18-20)

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 rating406 of 110451 of 143
Fund acquisition rating435 of 110561 of 143
Resource allocation rating233 of 110530 of 143
Asset utilization rating737 of 110489 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$4,920,194$5,966,161$3,649,053$2,197,106$1,452,038
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,327,206$7,645,956$5,805,383$3,492,323$2,388,995
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$470,528$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$470,528$0$0$0$0
Total assets$6,797,734$7,645,956$5,805,383$3,492,323$2,388,995
Payables and accrued expenses$70,748$40,378$11,536$9,714$16,160
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$70,748$40,378$11,536$9,714$16,160
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$427,628$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$427,628$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$498,376$40,378$11,536$9,714$16,160
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$6,299,358$7,605,578$5,793,847$3,364,269$2,020,418
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$118,340$352,417
Net assets$6,299,358$7,605,578$5,793,847$3,482,609$2,372,835
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,074,099$6,682,272$7,288,592$5,645,431$5,141,068
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($79,797)$2,035$60,183$62,495$64,717
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue($79,797)$2,035$60,183$62,495$64,717
Total revenue$5,994,302$6,684,307$7,348,775$5,707,926$5,205,785
Program services$5,852,761$4,859,337$4,662,061$3,891,319$3,827,039
Management and general$403,079$316,166$265,499$534,282$397,114
Total expenses$6,546,137$5,419,829$5,211,619$4,849,647$4,575,742
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($551,835)$1,264,478$2,137,156$858,279$630,043
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($551,835)$1,264,478$2,137,156$858,279$630,043


James WardExecutive Director$129,437

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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 1/23/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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