While the West reacts in fear to the refugee crisis, where Muslims are a tiny minority, Christians in the Middle East, already a tiny minority, are now surrounded by a vast sea of mostly Muslim refugees.  After decades of conflict between Christians and Muslims, Churches in the Middle East now find themselves in a position to be salt and light, and are seeing a time of great harvest!

Today is a new day in the Middle East, and in the midst of the Syrian crisis, God is doing an amazing thing in Lebanon. Flooded with refugees who are both physically and spiritually hungry, evangelical churches in Lebanon have begun to respond by showing Christ’s love through humanitarian aid and sharing the gospel to an unprecedented extent. I’m finding many Christians who are catching the vision to reach Muslims – we’ve had over 20 churches involved in various ways at our training center for refugees, and over 50 volunteers who serve regularly, sharing the gospel, praying with, and discipling hundreds of refugees who have decided to follow Christ! 

This video testimonial, of my close friend and colleague, Boutros, tells one of the many stories of normal people whom the Lord is using. 

Real Love from Horizons International on Vimeo.

Please join us in prayer that the Lord of the harvest would raise up thousands more like Boutros! Join me in praising God that He is using Boutros powerfully to share his newfound vision with pastors and leaders around Lebanon, and many have been responding! And consider how you might allow real love to cast out fear, and obey Jesus’ call to ‘love thy neighbor.’

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