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The Law of the Harvest

By Tom Atema Truth be known, I love farming.  As a teenager I would go to my grandparents in New Hampshire and work on the dairy farm from sun-up to sun-down each summer. Totally loved every aspect of farming. It’s my dream job.  It was in this environment where I learned firsthand “the Law of the Harvest”.  All my life, I have read about the harvest in the Bible. I even heard the stories in…

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LEBANON: The past - The Future - Today

By Tom Atema Lebanon is significant in the past, today, and for the future. Let me tell you why… But first, did you know that Lebanon was the home of the Canaanites/Phoenicians and their kingdoms?  Did you know that Lebanon is within the Promised Land? Moses and Joshua both mentioned Lebanon when talking about the Promised Land and its boundaries. (Please check out Deuteronomy 1:7, 3;35 as well as Joshua 1:4 for yourself to see.) This…

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What Does the Russian Attack on the Ukraine Mean for the Middle East

By Tom Atema Like you, I woke up this am with the news “War has started!” As I listened and read, it’s “clear" to me and many others that Putin is going after far more than just Ukraine.  Remember that Russia has a three-way partnership that just finished war games in the Indian Ocean. This partnership is made up of Russia, China, and Iran.  I am convinced that Putin is going to take over the entire…

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Winter Jackets

With the recent economic recession that has hit Lebanon, local and refugee families have been trying to survive with what little they have. Food, clothing, medical support, and education (the list goes on) have become luxuries for most families. Basic needs have become so expensive for locals and refugees that a high percentage of families are only able to rely on humanitarian help.  Early this winter, Heart for Lebanon distributed jackets for children. These children…

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What Is Happening In The Middle East

By Tom Atema Since the Taliban have taken over in Afghanistan we can honestly say that…. It is likely that radical Islamic groups feel vindicated, more radicalized, empowered, and even motivated to carry on further terrorist activities. The fall of Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban gives other terrorist and radical groups the motivation to try to gain territories and overturn other nations. This is scary, especially in Lebanon.  As for refugees fleeing from Afghanistan and coming directly to Lebanon: Well, to be honest, this is a stretch but it could…

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REMEMBERING THE BEIRUT EXPLOSION

This is probably not the first article you read that reflects back on the events of August 4, 2020, and it definitely will not be the only article you read. For every resident in Lebanon and every Lebanese globally, 6:07 PM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 marks the darkest day they can recount. Every person on Lebanese soil collectively experienced the largest non-clear explosion in history that destroyed their capital, killed 208 innocent civilians, thrusted…

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Investing More

THAN YOU'VE EVER DREAMED POSSIBLE I never thought I would live to see the day when Christians in the USA would have enough money and an incentive from our government to complete the Great Commission.  Sound impossible? Well it’s not! Five Trillion dollars has been entrusted to the current generation of Christians in the USA. This amount is more than enough to fund the completion of the Great Commission. Right now this unprecedented wealth has…

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A new generation for Christ in Lebanon and beyond

During the Lebanese civil war (1975-1991) my father used to tell me: son, don’t worry, it can’t get any worse, things will get better soon. I wanted to wholeheartedly believe him. But it seemed that things kept going from bad to worse during our bloody 17 years of war to the extent that our nation was completely destroyed. I lived through the civil war to see tens of thousands of people killed, hundreds of thousands…

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Missional Leadership Development

by Tom Atema Recently Heart for Lebanon launched its first training sessions for a Missional Leadership program. 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 and…

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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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