Archive for July, 2006

Back From Beirut

Our pastor and friends have finally returned from what turned out to be a very interesting trip to Beirut, Lebanon. As you may know, they started their mission trip there three days before Israel started bombing. The airport runways were bombed and they were trapped in Beirut. They did, however, continue their work and many lives, including their own, were changed. Our pastor was honored to preach at the largest Baptist church in Beirut (about 400-500 people were present) on the last Sunday that they were there. He has said that it was the most powerful thing he has ever experienced in his life. All during the time he was preaching, loud booms echoed throughout the area. Every time that happened the buildings would shake. He related that many people in America don’t come to church when it is raining outside. These faithful Lebanese people were worshipping when bombs were raining from the sky. That sounds incredible.

Thanks to all of you who have prayed for our team. We are rejoicing over their safe return.

Categories: Current Affairs

Bedlam in Beirut?

It is funny how your perspective changes something. Israel invaded Lebanon. Well, good for them. They should be able to stand up for what’s right. But wait a minute. This story hits closer that it might seem. A group of people from our church – our senior pastor and nine others – are sitting in a hotel in Beirut, Lebanon right now wondering if they are going to be able to get out of the newly volatile area. They went over there to do some mission work. Our church is supporting a Baptist church in Beirut and the need for Christ is huge in that part of the world. They have been there since Sunday and will shorten their trip to come back tomorrow if they can get out. Trouble is, if you have been paying attention to the news, that Israel is demanding the return of two of their troops that were taken by Hezbollah. (Did I spell that right?) It seems that Israel has blown up the runways at the airport so their captured troops could not get taken to Iran. At least that is what I read. Israel is threatening to escalate further. Anyway, our people are safe for the time being but all of this makes me a bit nervous. Your prayers for these ten people are certainly needed. I will keep you in the loop.

Categories: Current Affairs