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Missional Leadership Development

by Tom Atema Recently Heart for Lebanon launched its first training sessions for a Missional Leadership program (heartforlebanon.org/missional-leadership-development). The Heart for Lebanon Team has been working on this program to create content that fits the needs of new comers to Christ in the locations where we serve.  Around 70 participants, in both the south of Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, have been gathering to attend the training. The training began with three guest speakers (friends…

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Exceptional Things Happen When We Pray!

Lebanon has decided to prolong a total lockdown of the country until February 8th to stem an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases and as an effort to protect its collapsing health sector.  This total lockdown has been like no other lockdown the country has witnessed to date. There are severe consequences if you break the curfews, if you use your car without prior approval, and if you don’t have a receipt from the pharmacy or…

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Saying Yes

by Tom Atema, co-founder Welcome to 2021! The question I would like to ask as we begin 2021 is: In 20 years what will you be known for?  It was 20 years ago, in 2001 that I said yes to something I had no reason to say yes to and today I am proud and thrilled to be a part of. In 2001 I was a team member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association leading…

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We Are Engaged In An Angry Culture

There’s a lot of uncertainty and gloomy forecasts right now about the future. In Lebanon many people are angry at the government for failing them.  They’re angry because of what the economic crisis means for their daily life, today and for the future. Anger in the streets of Lebanon has forced 4 prime ministers to resign in 2020 and new cabinets to be formed; the situation today is still as bad, if not worse, than…

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Discipleship Development

By Tom Atema The history of Christianity in Lebanon has been long. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus himself traveled in Lebanon where He met with a woman and cured her possessed child. Peter and Paul evangelized the Phoenicians in Lebanon whom they affiliated to the ancient patriarch of Antioch. Paul also preached and discipled people in Lebanon having lingered with the early Christians in Sidon and Tyre. Despite all these references the spread of…

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Here’s How We Get There

We believe we have a moral obligation to educate children, to help raise their self-worth, and to empower them to live a Godly life. We also believe it is our duty to address issues with their parents and/or guardians to help them build safeguards for the children. This is at the core of our God-given mandate to help lead people (in this case children) from despair to hope.  Our 3-prong approach: Provide a safe environment…

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Here’s Where We’re Going

Heart for Lebanon believes deeply that everyone matters to God. He is not surprised by COVID-19 or this unprecedented economic crisis in Lebanon or the recent explosion. He is the way, the truth and the life; therefore, He has given us an unprecedented opportunity like never before in Lebanon’s history to address poverty from a Biblical viewpoint. We know after 14 years that the result of a bag of food, a blanket, and an education…

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Here’s Where We Are

By Tom Atema In addition to this global health crisis called COVID-19 , Lebanon is suffering through unprecedented economic troubles that have led to the shutting of thousands of businesses and the collapse of the currency, leaving most of the country under- or unemployed. And now we are one month out from the explosion that rocked Beirut to its foundations.  While relief and development efforts continue among refugees in Lebanon, Heart for Lebanon has been…

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