The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, has urged everybody to consider giving to a fund set up to help people whose lives have been devastated by the explosion in Beirut.

The explosion in the country’s main port killed at least 154 people and is believed to have injured around 5,000 others. It is estimated that around 300,000 people have lost their homes as a result of the blast.

Beirut is the country’s capital, and the port is also the main way that food is imported into Lebanon.

A fund has been set up by the Church Mission Society (CMS), of which Bishop Philip was previously the executive leader, to channel aid via a church close to the blast site.

To contribute to the fund, click here.

I would urge my brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Truro to please consider giving what they can.

Bishop Philip said: “Like everybody, I was horrified to see the shocking explosion in Beirut on Tuesday, and I am grieving for the city, its people and friends there. I was blessed to visit Lebanon with the Church Mission Society (CMS) two years ago, and am still looking forward to setting up a link between the Diocese of Truro and the church there. But they need our help now; I feel we cannot wait.

“We are in touch with a church right in the port area of Beirut which has already started giving practical help to those caught up in this tragedy, but could do more with the assistance of outside resources. CMS has set up a Just Giving page to raise money to help in this effort, and I would urge my brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Truro to please consider giving what they can.

‘Beyond comprehension’

“We know that thousands of people have been injured, and the hospitals that were already stretched to breaking point by Covid-19 on top of significant financial challenges are struggling to give the care that people need. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes – the problems are almost beyond comprehension.

“The Church of the Resurrection, in the port area of the city, and close to the site of the explosion, is a key partner of Church Mission Society and CMS mission partners are placed there. I have visited and know its pastor: they have a very significant and impressive ministry amongst the poorest of the city including many Syrian refugees. I am confident any gift sent to support their work will be put to good use, and encourage you to give generously.

The need is urgent

“I know you will join me in praying for everybody there, and hope you might feel able to send some money. Their need is great and urgent.”

Prayer request

There is a prayer request for the churches and people of Lebanon here.