MISSION sTATEMENT

We, people of good will and faithful in Christ, are the S.E.A. of Hope and Mercy to save Christianity and its active presence in the lands where it all began, and wherever persecution, poverty or oppression might be.

Through our Save, Educate and Aid programs, we do works of awareness and charity, with faith and reason, through resources of time, talent, and treasure to insure that human beings can practice the right of religious freedom without being oppressed, persecuted, intimidated, in pain or in danger of losing home, country, identity, place of worship and life.

We serve based on the two greatest commandments of God: to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Statement of Faith

“Religious Liberty is the basis of all other freedoms and is inseparably tied to them all by reason of that very dignity which is the human person” (Pope John Paul II, Dec 2-1978).

The declaration Dignitatis Humanae of Vatican II Council, Dec 7- 1965, confirms that “the right of man to religious freedom has its foundation in the dignity of the person…, fully known to human reason and has its roots in divine revelation.”
Furthermore the United Nations declares that religious freedom is a basic fundamental right entitled to everyone (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 2).

We believe that the human person has the right to practice religious liberty which is the response of man to the original invitation of God to do what is good, to quit evil, to be free from sin, to live in peace and to receive eternal life.
Being a foundational human right, we uphold religious liberty in the life of the human person who is seeking the true religion as defined in the Bible, taught by the Church, protected by the American Constitution and United Nations’ “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (Art. 2)

We promote religious liberty knowing that it is America’s greatest gift to the world tormented by hate and by religious persecution.
Our Mission like the Good Samaritan is to save lives from all kinds of persecution, rejection, or neglect and to confirm them in God’s image and the Author of all Goodness. Guided by the Spirit of the Lord, and in light of the Gospel, we toil to save the persecuted flock wherever that might be.

With this, our initial aim is to protect and preserve Christianity and its roots; to restore hope, faith and love to all the children of Abraham. We serve based on the two greatest commandments of God: to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

We work in all nations as peacemakers, forming new Apostles of Hope and Mercy for God, and sending them forth as ambassadors of Christ, to preach the good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

VISION sTATEMENT

CREATED ON October 21, 2015

Prophetically in 1997, Saint Pope John Paul II declared:
“Lebanon is more than a country. It is a message of freedom and an example of pluralism for East and West.”

Lebanon, being faithful to its biblical image as the house and the holy forest that protects the worship and faith in the One God, is a sanctuary for Christianity in the Middle East and is once again playing a central role in providing food and shelter on a daily basis for persecuted religious minorities.

St Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy, an entity connected to the Maronite Church in America with roots in Lebanon, acts as a prophet who warns and educates, a soldier who protects and saves, a Good Samaritan who ministers and restores, and an apostle of Christ who is a peacemaker and herald of the Good News.

We are not just a charity mission, we aim to protect and promote the body of Christ in its fullness. We are the faithful in action defending religious liberty, protecting human rights, and servicing persecuted Christians and other innocent sufferers by means of awareness and charity. We stand as a united front of Christians of all Church traditions to safeguard the natural law etched by God in our hearts for the sake of peace, love, coexistence and life with dignity for all.

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