Horizons International Reports an Increasing Interest in the Gospel in Lebanon as Economic Crisis Worsens

Demonstrators carry national flags as riot police stand guard behind barbed wire during an anti-government protest in Beirut, Lebanon, October 19. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Even as Lebanon faces its worst crisis in 30 years, Horizons International models the hope and the love of Jesus Christ.

Lebanon’s financial crisis might become worse than the 15-year civil war, some now say. Nearly half of all people in Lebanon now live below the poverty line.

Pierre Houssney of Horizons International says, “The economic crises that have been happening could be likened to a tall building, where . . . the top floor caved in. And everybody thought that was the collapse. Then the second to top floor caved in and everybody thought that was the collapse. Then it’s just collapsing more and more every time.”

As people sink below the poverty line, the poverty line itself sinks lower and lower. Local currency has lost almost two-thirds of its value.

Houssney paints a picture of what things look like on the ground in Lebanon. “The cost of food has gone up, so many people who were middle class cannot afford to buy meat or cheese at this time. A lot of the stores have certain products that are not available. You can just see things descending into chaos.”

Houssney says families need multiple salaries to stay afloat, especially since when government-run power cuts out, people have to pay large bills to the mafia-run power generators. Corruption and bribery feed into these sociopolitical problems.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that peace and hope would return to Lebanon, and that the crisis would stop accelerating.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to continue stirring the hearts of people in Lebanon.
  • Pray that Horizons International would have the funds to continue serving the people of Lebanon.