Back from a wonderful trip to Lebanon, and wanted to share with you some of the outcomes. Jennifer Nagy and I spent 5 days training 8 young men and women about the power of Forgiveness and the dangers of a shame-based culture. These believers were so open to hearing these ideas and putting them into practice. It was so encouraging to make this investment and then watch as God worked in the hearts and minds of these students.
I use the word “students” only to describe the roles of these believers in this school. Among them were pastors and music ministers and missionaries to the Arab world. These young men and women are fearless in their ministry and stand ready to serve God regardless of the cost. One young man said to me, “We have seen so much blood shed in this country for all the wrong reasons. We are ready to shed our blood for Jesus if this is what God asks us to do.” It is so humbling to be among such followers of Jesus and learn with them.
Thank you for your prayers. God answered in the following ways:
- The Arabic language was not a major barrier. It was beautiful to see not only understanding, but how God changed hearts as the Spirit healed some really horrendous experiences requiring forgiveness. The students stand ready to use these forgiveness tools as they minister in their own communities.
- God did use us to minister into the lives and hurts of several of the students. They were so open to our help, and we saw some miraculous healing in the hearts and minds of several students. Jennifer and I even had opportunities to counsel some in the local church communities of these students.
- God blessed Jennifer and I as we worked together as teachers. The students thought we had been working together for years and couldn’t even tell which of us was “in charge.” Praise God!
- My trigeminal neuralgia declined slightly and hardly interfered with the teaching.
- God protected me in my travels, though I have never traveled to a country where I felt more safe walking the streets. Perhaps the biggest danger I faced was walking roads with Lebanese drivers and limited sidewalk space.
These men and women are leaders in a struggling little church community, but have a vision to reach Arabs in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East. One of the pastors in this group recently traveled to war-torn Syria, visiting Muslims house to house and praying with each family. He told me that right now in Syria there is an unprecedented openness to hear about Jesus’ love.
It is hard for me to describe the joy Jesus gave me serving these people. I am glad to be back home with my family, but I feel like I have left part of my heart in this country. As God puts it on your heart, please be in prayer that God will raise up workers to bring the Gospel to the vast number of lost in the Middle Eastern countries.
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