Father,

You see that Lebanon has been in a lot of turmoil recently. The refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria has had an effect on Lebanon for the last 10 years. Mid last year we started experiencing an economic downfall, followed by political and social unrest last October. These circumstances brought a lot of suffering to many Lebanese. Then the pandemic hit, and that exacerbated the situation. Lebanon is being led by corrupt political leaders who have driven Lebanon’s economy to the ground. Many people have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. Lebanon used to have a large middle class made of professionals, educated people and entrepreneurs. The middle class has disappeared, replaced by increased poverty.

Then this was followed by the explosion in the port of Beirut on the 4th of August. This destroyed one third of Beirut and whatever was left of the economy. The size of the devastation is unimaginable.

Father, even in the darkness, you bring light. Through all this, the Church in Lebanon is experiencing transformation. It is learning how to step out of its cocoon and be with the people – to get involved in helping, healing, and proclaiming the love of Christ. Thank you for leading us in this transformation, starting with caring for the refugees. We are thankful that most churches and Christian organizations are out there being the hands and feet of Jesus. This is an incredible testimony to your work.

Lord, we pray for the situation in Lebanon, for those that are suffering economically, physically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. We pray that they can witness God’s love despite the terrible situation that they’re in.

We lift up to you our political leaders – that they would step into their God-given role of caring for the people they lead.

We pray for the Church in Lebanon that it continues to be the beacon of light in the middle of the darkness, an agent of hope in the middle of despair, and an agent of peace and reconciliation in a region marked by conflict.

We pray for the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), that trains leaders for the Church in the entire Arab world, equipping them to proclaim the gospel in a difficult, sometimes hostile, context. We ask that you guide me as I lead ABTS along with the leadership team who are trying to navigate a complex change in strategy at the time ABTS is caring for and housing many newly-homeless people.

We pray for Mireille’s work as she continues to develop Bible study materials to be used among refugee communities.

Lord, we praise and thank you for the Canadian churches that have encouraged us, prayed for us, and supported us in so many ways.

Amen.

The Haddads