Lebanon is a beautiful nation, known as the melting pot of the Middle East. Over 40 percent of the population is Christian, but violence by extremist groups continues to threaten national security.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
PRAY — Pray for the Spirit of God to move across Lebanon, sparking a rich harvest of spiritually interested people. Pray for Lebanon to maintain peace amidst conflicts in neighboring countries. Pray for the local church to be mobilized to lead efforts in relief and evangelism.
GIVE — Support the work of the OM Near East Field at http://www.om.org/en/give. Please join us in equipping the church in Lebanon to help fulfill the Great Commission!
GO — See open job opportunities for the OM Near East Field. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.om.org/en/opportunities.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LEBANON
- Population: 5.9 million
- Languages: Arabic (official), English, French
- Religious Make-Up: Muslim 54% (Sunni 27%, Shia 27%), Christian 40.5%, Druze 5.6%, other religious sects
- State of Economy: Lebanon’s free market economy provides opportunity for growth, especially in service-oriented sectors such as banking and tourism. However, ongoing conflicts in neighboring countries make most investments in the country high risk. Additionally, planned reforms or restructuring often face delays due to corruption, arbitrary licensing decisions, high taxes, and outdated legislation.
- State of the church: Lebanon recognizes 18 official religions, but less than 0.1% of the overall population belongs to the evangelical church. Encouragingly, some small local denominations are starting to reach across religious borders and minister to refugees. In some areas, groups of new believers from Muslim backgrounds have begun meeting, but there are many parts of the country where there are no groups of believers gathering.
*Stats from The World Factbook (www.cia.gov)