Area: 10,230 sq km
A fertile, mountainous state in the East Mediterranean. Rests between Israel and Syria. The site of ancient Phoenicia.
Population: 4,254,583 Annual Growth: 0.83%
Official language: Arabic; French and English are widely used Languages: 9 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Trained leadership in evangelical churches is a precious resource. The decline in foreign missionaries and the emigration of national leaders has left many congregations without effective pastoral care. Despite this, Lebanon has a good number of evangelical Bible schools the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Mediterranean Bible College (Church of God), Christian Alliance Institute of Theology (CMA), and the Near East School of Theology (Presbyterian in origin). These colleges equip many Arab students from outside of Lebanon. Pray for staff members, the supply of needs and for more students. Pray that increasing cooperation among these colleges would result in significant advances for the Kingdom.
Lebanon has long been a key centre for Christian ministries to the whole Middle East. So much of this was interrupted, but is regaining momentum once more with stronger indigenous leadership. Pray that Lebanese believers might regain a vision for others and for other lands the war has caused too many to become insular. Pray specifically for these ministries:
a) The Bible Society distributes many Bibles within Lebanon and to surrounding nations. It is growing to meet the increased demand for Bibles and NTs in all communities. The Society has opened some new centres in busy shopping areas. Many in Orthodox and Catholic churches are reading and studying the Scriptures. The Society is one of the few ministries that has good relationships with all confessions.
b) Christian schools and orphanages. These are much appreciated, having had a long and fruitful ministry, and have gained in credibility from 1990 onward. Many children from all communities hear the gospel and some come to Christ (LES Lebanon Evangelical School, Baptists, MECO, and others). Many Lebanese political and societal leaders have attended an evangelical school.
c) Young people and students, who often struggle with hopelessness as well as frustration with lack of progress and job opportunities. Many feel as if they have been given up on; many are active for real change in Lebanon. Pray for relevant and effective ministry to young people of all faiths they are the future of Lebanon. Drop-in centres and camps are particularly effective. Most youth are responsive to genuine Christian love, yet more needs to be done (YFC, Grain du Blé, YWAM, Focus on the Family, IFES, CCCI, local churches).
d) Christian literature production is too often disrupted by civil upheavals. Much of this ministry has been transferred to Cyprus, Europe and elsewhere. Pray for Clarion Publishing House (LES), OM, Middle East Lutheran Ministry, the Baptist Publishing Center and others who publish and distribute literature for Lebanon and the Arab world.
e) Radio. FEBA, IBRA, TWR and others broadcast 56 hours/week in Arabic and more in Armenian and English. There are also several local FM stations that broadcast Christian programmes, and Arabic Christian radio is widely available through the Internet.
f) Christian TV. Television is the primary source of information and entertainment. There are a number of local Christian TV stations. Satellite television channels, including but not limited to SAT-7, have had a deep impact. Programmes are also re-broadcast by the Catholic TV station Télélumière. SAT-7s main studios for the Middle East are now in Beirut.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Lebanon.