Lebanon (MNN) — Lebanon solidifies plans to rehome thousands of Syrian refugees. Within weeks, officials say they’ll start moving 15,000 refugees back to Syria each month.
The good news is some refugees will bring Jesus back with them. Heart for Lebanon co-founder Tom Atema says, “We’ve been privileged to take five different people groups off the unreached people group list.”
Three of the five people groups are Syrian, Atema says. A people group is “unreached” if less than two percent of the population knows or follows Christ. Heart for Lebanon helps new believers grow to become disciple-makers and leaders.
“Our Bible studies are exploding at the seams; [our] Mission Leadership Development Program is getting ready to start another season with a new group of people,” Atema says.
The hope of Christ becomes contagious when people see it in word and deed.
“If you listen to their testimonies, [they place their faith in Jesus] because they’ve seen the Gospel being lived out unconditionally,” Atema says.
“In Islam, there is no word for love. When you show love, it draws people into a deeper conversation.”
Pray Syrian Christians will trust the Lord as their living situation becomes uncertain. Pray for wisdom for ministry leaders as they address the overwhelming need in Lebanon.
“We can’t say yes to everybody. So who do we say yes to, and who do we say no [to]? That’s what I mean by wisdom,” Atema says.
“We only can do what God sends in through the finances.”
Header and story photos courtesy of Heart for Lebanon.