Gospel Work Continues in Lebanon Despite Unrest

It has been a tumultuous week in Lebanon. Hundreds of thousands of protestors remain in the streets. Tax reforms began the movement; now, it’s about reforming the government.

Protestors want the current government to step down, and they’re calling for early elections. Lebanon’s Prime Minister hinted for the first time yesterday that a reshuffle may be in the works.

Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema just returned from Beirut. “Things have gotten worse since Monday afternoon,” he tells MNN.

“I’m calling this Lebanon’s Arab Spring.”

What’s going on in Lebanon?

As described here, current Lebanese frustration centers on the nation’s economic plight. Lebanon carries one of the world’s largest debt loads; last month, the government declared an economic state of emergency.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil suggested Lebanon might run out of funds by the end of the year, Reuters reports. “The protests have been peaceful up until now,” Atema says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth