Horizons International Enhances Virtual Evangelism as People Seek Hope, Answers as Lebanon Crumbles

While meeting neighbors’ spiritual needs is first and foremost, Horizons staff also attend to physical demands created by Lebanon’s crises. (Photo courtesy Horizons International via Facebook)

People in Lebanon are using Facebook Groups to barter for the goods they need following the currency’s latest plunge. Desperation remains at an all-time high; Lebanon faces its worst economic crisis since the 15-year civil war. More Lebanon headlines here.

As Pierre Houssney of Horizons International explains, it’s a multi-layered catastrophe.

First, “There was a civil war that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people. And then, the corruption; all the ‘under the table’ dealings,” Houssney describes.

“When the political protests happened, that caused the economy to collapse to a great degree. And now, COVID has taken an economy that was on its knees and laid it flat on its protests back.”

Speaking hope to Lebanon

People need hope and answers to life’s biggest questions, and they’re not finding it in government. “We’re just getting tens of thousands of questions coming in” through social media, Houssney says.

“The evangelism that we had been doing in-person… we’ve kind of converted all that into virtual means. We’ve been filming evangelistic videos; we’ve beefed up our social media to answer people’s questions,” he continues.

“We ‘virtualized’ a lot of our spiritual ministry activities.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord how He wants you to respond to this story. Then, act in obedience.
  • Pray for opportunities to share Gospel hope and truth with a Muslim neighbor.
  • Pray believers in Lebanon will not be discouraged, but that their faith will be strengthened.