Prayer requests from Lebanon

Update: Prayers for Lebanon 

(20th January 2019)

We continue to receive updates from our Christian Lebanese partners – and they continue to ask for your intercessions and prayers:

'These are indeed uncertain times but we are hopeful that these important days will bring much needed change. The demonstrations have been for the most part peaceful and an arena to unite people from various backgrounds. However, they have largely brought the country to a standstill. We have not been able to open our education center for over two weeks but the health centers have been open to the extent possible to meet urgent needs.'

'It has been a very destabilizing time, yet people are exercising direct democracy on the pavements.'

'The roads have started to open up a bit, though the protests continue. We were limited in our movements for a few weeks and it is becoming more difficult to withdraw USD from the banks. We are closely monitoring the situation. Overall we are fine and are grateful that the protests have remained largely peaceful to date.

'The situation is still not stable, many people around us are struggling as they do not have a fixed income, they get paid on a daily basis and since 18 October these people were unable to go to their workplace!'
 

'Let us intercede and pray for Lebanon as the country lives through historic hours. The people are revolting against the regime, the ruling class, corruption, the economic crisis, etc. There are demonstrations and sit-ins in the streets and many roads are still closed. Let us pray that this popular revolt will remain peaceful and without violence and that it will give positive results.'

'We are waiting to see what will happen. It is a revolution. The horizon is not clear at all though.'

Nabil Costa, CEO of our partner organisation, the Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development (LSESD), wrote to us with the following.

LSESD seek to serve the church in Lebanon, delivering emergency humanitarian assistance as well as education, healthcare and community development projects.

Sadly, the level of confrontation between the protestors and the police intensified this week in key areas of the capital, Beirut [Martyr’s Square, Central Bank…] and beyond. Between hit and run tactics, fireworks directed at the police, tear gas and rubber bullets directed at the protestors… the scene in Downtown Beirut is that of a battlefield.  

Heightened anger in the streets is in reaction to the delay in forming the new cabinet.  The anger is mixed with frustration as an increasing number of families are struggling to survive amidst a severely battered economy, loss of jobs, devaluation of the local currency and rise in prices.  The situation is made more difficult by the liquidity crunch that local banks continue to wrestle with and the stringent withdrawal policies that they’ve set up which restrict access to one’s own money in the bank.  Not to mention the impact of these policies on local businesses, and people’s trust in the banking system. 

The situation on the streets becomes more challenging, however, when the peaceful protestors are infiltrated by rioters who vandalize public property, banks… and this leads to clashes with the police.   

Having grown up in Lebanon, I know that with God’s grace, this too shall pass. We’ve been through worse situations – yet, our hope this time is that the outcome is a country where justice prevails, where people in positions of power are held accountable, and where the public sector is empowered to serve the needs of the people – all the people! And where people do not have to lean on their religious or political affiliation to get jobs!  This is my prayer as a Lebanese.  

May God intervene and deliver this country! Our prayer requests for this week include:

  • Wisdom for the new Prime Minister as he seeks to form a new and efficient government that places the right people in the right place
  • The safety of the people in the streets – the police and army included
  • Individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet
  • That people learn from history and intentionally seek to trust in God and follow Him, instead of following blindly political and religious leaders who have their own agendas
  • The banking system that is crippling the country
  • Our respective LSESD ministries and team members as we continue our programs as usual.

Please keep Lebanon, all the people affected by the protests, and our partners there in your prayers.

Protesters filling the streets in Lebanon
Protesters filling the streets in Lebanon

 


 

 

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