The Future of the Church in Lebanon

This leisurely evening was spent sitting in a breeze on the big marble porch and enjoyed visiting and eating baklava with Joseph Kassab, the General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and his beautiful and brilliant wife, Najla.  Najla is an ordained Presbyterian pastor and head of this women’s conference in the mountains of Lebanon. Joseph shared the following with us regarding the future of the church here:

Presbyterian churches of Syria and Lebanon are very close, like a family. The Lebanon churches take loving care of the Syrian churches especially since the war began. This war has turned families and individuals upside down. They laugh and joke here to be rid of pain. The church has to take care of their sheep. The young people have gone to other countries to be safe. The young ones who are left couldn’t obtain visas. There are some very brave pastors who choose to stay with their people. One pastor in northeast Syria (see map from yesterday) was left alone for four years alone, serving four churches encouraging people to stay.

The entire country is devastated. He does not believe Syria will come back to be the advanced and thriving country it once was. To build a strong country, one must start with schools. Education is very important and 70% of children go to private schools. The church has schools to educate children. ISIS knows this, too, and one of the first things they did was to start ISIS schools to indoctrinate children in their violent ways.

Churches need churches to help them because nobody else will. It has been so exciting to visit some of these wonderful evangelical schools who are educating all children, both Christian and Muslim to learn, love and envision the kind of future they want.

Blessings from Lebanon~

Pam

3 thoughts on “The Future of the Church in Lebanon

  1. Thank you for your insight Pam.
    I think the Prime Minister of Lebanon was in the US yesterday.
    You and DD being there and giving us these great updates/reports really interests me. Thank you so much for taking the time to fill us in. Keep the communication going! God Bless You!

    Like

  2. Thankful to God for the courage, love and faithfulness of the churches in both Lebanon and Syria. Prayers for creative and effective ways to educate the children.
    Blessings to Pam and DD for continuing to share their journey with us.

    Like

  3. Your posts are inspiring. My prayers continue with you and the lives you are touching as you meet such courageous people. Sending love and best hopes for their future. Miss you and look forward to more stories on your return.
    Blessings and Peace,
    Barbara

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s