Monday, September 10, 2018

Missions News from Lebanon

September 7, 2018

What an exciting month we've had!!
Great things are happening in Lebanon.
Here is a brief look at what August looked like for us.

We rejoice with the three ladies who were baptized. They have faithfully attended house bible studies and Sunday Service, since their baptism. Please pray for Raychane (top baptism picture). She is returning to Switzerland on September 12, where she lives with her Shi'ite Muslim husband and young daughter. We have connected her with a Missionary in Switzerland who will continue bible studies with her. She is so hungry for the truth of God's word, and for her husband to know the One True Living God. 

"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted."  
Job 5:9

Many testified of God's healing this month. One lady had a painful foot for three months, and was instantly healed at our Friday evening prayer meeting. Two ladies praised God for miraculously intervening in their individual work situations. 

The country of Lebanon is extremely unique to the Middle East. We marvel each and every week at the wonderful opportunity we have to teach the Gospel to Muslims in Bible Studies and Church Services. Pictured above is a Muslim man seated in the left of the photo. 

All sermons are translated to Arabic by a translator on the stage for those attendees who only speak Arabic. At the same time, you can hear whispers in the audience of someone interpreting the sermon into French for their neighbor, and sometimes Portuguese.   

Every Sunday, following service, we gather in the dining hall for a delicious potluck style lunch. As you can imagine, a multi-ethnic church provides an exciting eating experience. The fellowship is invaluable!! This atmosphere really cultivates a wonderful family environment.

We are so proud of our teens; who are committed to God and to His Kingdom. Their talents and skills are so helpful to the Mission in Lebanon. Every week you will find them playing bongo drums, teaching Sunday School, praise singing, information technology, and whatever else is needed. Matthew and Shaylyn studied French in Canada years ago, and are putting it into good use almost daily.

It has been four months since the May 6 elections, and the Lebanese government is still yet to be formed. The politicians who represent the 18 sectarian religious groups are jostling over cabinet positions. The May 6 elections, which had been postponed multiple times, were the first since 2009. Meddling foreign governments, Lebanese civil wars, and the Syrian civil war further complicate the issue. We desperately need God to install Godly leadership in this country. A Moronite Church and a Mosque sit side by side in Beirut (see photo below).

Prayer Requests

Rachane ~ Encouragement as she returns to Switzerland

Souls ~ For the Gospel to be spread across this nation

Church Bible School ~ Resuming in September

Shaylyn ~ Homeschooling has begun

Protection ~ The roads are full of crazy drivers and inadequate infrastructure

Financial Support ~ We have raised 60% of our budget to date

Government ~ The formation of a Godly Government 

We appreciate you, our friends and supporters. Your prayers, as well as your moral and financial support is the reason why we can minister in Lebanon.  Thank you for partnering with us.

God bless you all!!

The Deweys
Jonathon, Sherry, Matthew, Shaylyn

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