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Georges Houssney

Georges Houssney was raised in the predominantly Muslim city of Tripoli, Lebanon. He came to faith in Jesus Christ as a teenager. Soon God grew a deep love for Muslims in his heart, and he began to sense God's call for full-time service among them. Well-known for his work supervising the translation and publication of the Bible into clear modern Arabic, Georges and his family moved from the Middle East to the United States in 1982 to minister to international students. Georges is passionate about reaching internationals here and abroad with the great news of salvation. He writes and lectures internationally about ministry to Muslims, and he strives to awaken a new generation who will proclaim the gospel boldly. Georges is founder and director of Horizons International and does Muslim evangelism training through his training Engaging Islam.

5 Comments

  1. Douglas Pirkey

    On 27 March, 2010, the LORD gave to me a dream that pertains to how the church has been defiled by a programmatic approach to the maintenance and perpetuation of an institutional Christianity.

    The dream was of the interior of a run-down, tenement house, small and dilapidated. Immediately, I noticed to my left a small bathroom with a door that was smaller than its frame, and in there was a man visibly seated on the toilet. The man came out of the bathroom, and I recognized him. He was a former professor of mine (in real life) for whom I had the utmost respect and admiration. We had always been on good terms with one another.

    Dr. Smith (I’ll call him) complained to me, “Why are you antagonizing us?” I did not answer him. Instead, I knew to walk into the bathroom, finding that the toilet had been defiled and left unflushed. Suddenly, the interior circumference of the toilet bowl became a circle of fire; and I knew I was to flush the toilet. Flushing it, the contents of the toilet heaved like stopped-up toilets will do, but then it suddenly emptied, and the circle of fire surged upward.

    Since that time, ten years have passed, eight of which I’ve spent in apostolic ministry in the church the LORD led us to found in 2012. Jesus has explained to me the dream’s symbolic relevance, how the church defiles herself with a man-centered approach to ministry. The rebuke is due to the national, if not, international, prevalence of spiritual infidelity that sets aside the headship of Jesus Christ and goes on to build churches in the image of ourselves for the sake of ourselves.

    The LORD has shown to me that He demands the faithfulness of a people who will yield to Him first place in all things (see Colossians 1. 18). Obedience to this exhortation is itself that which yields the repentance the church of America needs as well as the Way to proceed. Yielding to God’s word yields God’s word (see 1 Corinthians 3. 10 – 17).

    God bless you, Pastor Houssney.

  2. Georges Houssney

    Thank you Sethton, great verse. I will add it to a lecture i have on how not to conform to the nations. I fully agree with your comment.

  3. sethton

    I was just reading Jeremiah 15:19, where Jeremiah is preaching to the people of Israel. God tells him, “Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.”

    Of course we should always be aware of what we’re _actually_ communicating and not just what we _think_ we’re communicating, for which social sciences can provide valuable tools. But just because people aren’t responding well doesn’t automatically mean we’re doing something wrong–the people of Israel didn’t respond to Jeremiah’s preaching because they were blind and deaf to God’s word, not because of his methodology.

    In short, we should never change God’s Word to conform to the people; rather, people need to change to conform to God’s Word.

  4. Georges Houssney

    This is a new site. Please if you have read this article we would like to know. Take a moment to express even with a word or two if you agree with this position. Feel free to elaborate.

  5. Mark S.

    I really loved this article.

    It is so true. I was educated in the social sciences, but when it comes to my faith I know that God doesn’t follow social sciences. He does what he wants. This comes to the gospel. Missions is purely for the glory of God. God saves, Missions doesn’t. We share the gospel with others so that God’s name and fame is known. If someone is saved, it’s because god elected them to be saved. If they aren’t, it’s because God didn’t elect them. God is in control.

    The result of this is that we do not rely on social sciences, or our own strategies in Missions, but rely on totally what God gave us to do.

    The only appropriate use of social sciences is to simply examine what God has already done, not to predict what he will or will not do.

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