The Middle East is a region rich in human and natural resources, yet it faces enormous challenges in the modern era. The word merath, means inheritance in Arabic. The biblical understanding of this word teaches us that inheritance is a sign of Sonship and blessing, but also great responsibility. The purpose of MERATH, as the relief and community development arm of LSESD, is to empower communities in the Middle East to reach their full potential as sons and daughters of God. This means aspiring to the blessing of a life free from poverty and oppression, while also working together to steward resources in order to create a more equal and just society. MERATH strives to achieve these goals by equipping community-based organizations to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in their midst. We believe that together, we can revive and thrive!