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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 (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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