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Lebanon Relief Efforts
Sun, 30 Jul 2006
Relief efforts are in full swing. The Lebanese Church is supplying necessities for displaced people, mainly those staying in schools. Teams from the church go out with loaded vans to schools and other places to provide food supplies and medicine. The vast majority of these people are Shiite Muslims from southern Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut. They are now staying in Christian areas where it is safer and far from the heavy bombs that hit their areas. We give out New Testaments. People are receiving them with amazement, saying that it was their first time to see one.
Heavenly Father open eyes to see Your love manifested in the generous gifts from the Christians in Lebanon and the world. Open eyes and minds to read and understand Your Word. Open ears to hear Your Good News.
Live from Beirut
Thu, 27 Jul 2006
An Arab-world Christian satellite television station struggles to operate from Lebanon by Naji Daoud, SAT-7 Lebanon bureau acting director
Ten billion dollars in estimated losses, one third of the country's infrastructure reported completely destroyed, hundreds of casualties, 750,000 displaced Lebanese, hundreds of families without refuge sleeping in open air areas. This is but a brief description of the situation in Lebanon after 14 days of fierce bombing, which has destroyed what reconstructed after the end of civil war 15 years ago. Unfortunately, we are now seeing our dream of a beautiful Lebanon fading away, with little chance that it will ever come true.
Naturally this situation has affected our operation in the SAT-7 Lebanon Bureau. SAT-7 is the ten-year-old Christian satellite television station broadcasting throughout the Middle East. Due to the fighting, our staff morale is very low. In spite of all of this, most of our staff are still coming regularly to the office, even if they carry worried thoughts and distracted minds.
Heavenly Father, help Sat-7 to stay on the air. Bless their staff with protection and peace even during the war.
God is answering your prayers for the safety of our friends in Lebanon. We need to pray often for people there and in Israel. These are frightening days in the Middle East. Several of our friend's homes are destroyed. Toura, where I visited in 2002, has some damage, even though it is not a Hezbollah community. You can pray for our friends in Toura by name.
Dear Heavenly Father, bring lasting peace to the Middle East. Give the gift of faith in You to these people suffering under reckless political leaders. Protect your children. Give wisdom and finances to our C&MA Church in Lebanon, providing loving relief to the homeless families.
Radwan' family feels safe in northern Lebanon
Sat, 22 Jul 2006
I was able to get Radwan on his cell phone this morning. He was driving back to the north, after he said goodbye to relatives leaving on a ship to Cypress. Departures so far include 8,000 Americans, for a total to date of 25,000 people with foreign passports. It is estimated that 150,000 Lebanese have evacuated to Syria.
Dear Heavenly Father, protect all these people travelling from country to country. Protect those who cannot leave their homes, especially in the south.
Out of danger for the moment
Tue, 18 Jul 2006
I was able to get Radwan on his cell phone this afternoon. He was not available all day. I was concerned, because he had fled from the south to the north all day yesterday. The town he is near started getting bombed this morning. By the grace of God, he is far enough from the zone, that they don't hear it.
He didn't sleep to well last night, because of the stress of the drive yesterday. He hopes to get some sleep tonight. His wife and kids thank you for praying them through these difficult days.
Trapped in Lebanon
Mon, 17 Jul 2006
Continue praying for the safety of our friends trapped in Lebanon.
More than 25,000 Lebanese from Cote d'Ivoire are in Lebanon on vacation. Senegal is trying to find a way to get their 15,000 Lebanese back home. The USA estimate is that there are about 25,000 Americans in Lebanon. France has about 17,000 nationals living in Lebanon and at least 4,000 visiting.
The bombings continue. Radwan and his family, along with thousands of others, are seeking a way to escape the danger zone. Since bridges are destroyed in every direction, it will be difficult, if not impossible to escape.
It seems the only solution is for a higher power than Israel to call for peace. Pray that God would motivate the G8 countries, including the USA to call for an end to the bombing of civilian areas.
Dear Lord protect your followers in Lebanon. Use this war to bring many to salvation in Jesus Christ. Protect the civilians from the ravages of this war. Guide Radwan and his family safely back to Abidjan.
Partners are asking about our plans to study in Lebanon. That trip is on hold. Since April, we have been expecting Ramon and Maria Sanchez to come for prayer and visits to our friends. For various reasons, including their daughter's back surgery, Ramon's father's illness, and a ministry trip to Brazil, they were forced to delay their arrival. When they were here for prayer and visits last November, 12 friends asked Jesus to write their names in His Book of Life.
Dear Father in heaven, work out all the details for Ramon and Maria to arrive in Abidjan.
God is calling me to be...
Tue, 04 Jul 2006
Josh said, "I think God is calling me to be a monster truck driver." I asked him if that was all he would do. He replied, "No, I'm still going to be a jet fighter pilot too." We are grateful that God has called you to be on our prayer team! As we celebrate our USA Independence Day, we also want to celebrate our dependence on you and your prayers for us. Daily, we experience the dynamic power of your prayers for us. Thank you so much for taking the time to pray for us weekly or daily.
Dear Heavenly Father, bless our prayer partners richly. Give them health. Draw their families closer together. Give them joy each day.
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes..." Romans 1:16