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November 2015 News

Out of Syria - Finding refuge in Lebanon

  • Written by  Mark Wilson
Rev Haddad spoke of the huge tide of refugees fleeing Syria

The hungry fed and the needy clothed. From a region often the source of much bad news, comes the inspiring

Though the awful must be reported, to raise awareness of the pressing needs within the body of Christ, thus enabling Christians to act in support of fellow believers, it’s just as important to report on the good happening. This affirms there is indeed much hope; God is still sovereign, and moving amongst the nations.

On Sunday October 10, Reverend Haddad from Lebanon, who pastors a church near the Syrian border, addressed a large gathering at Rangeville Community Church. He spoke passionately of the huge tide of desperate humanity, fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, flooding into Lebanon. How this tiny country of a mere four million has received two million refugees, and counting.

Of how the brutality of ISIS is making many Muslims question their faith, giving great opportunity for the church to present Jesus Christ as Saviour through providing practical aid to those seeking help, regardless of religion. 

For not only Christians, but masses of Muslims are turning to the Church for help, placing it squarely on the humanitarian frontlines as it distributes basic food packages, provides clothing, and where possible shelter, blessing many thousands.

Such generosity is enormously impacting Muslims as they experience the much maligned Christians giving charitably, no questions asked. Subsequently some church services are now populated almost exclusively by Muslims. Many are turning to Christ, whether through the unconditional practical love being shown to them, or through powerful dreams and visions.

Reverend Haddad also delivered a challenge regarding the titanic flow of Eastern refugees surging across Europe’s borders, saying its churches no longer need send missionaries; the people are coming to them! 

Describing Muslims as victims of Islam, he said Europe’s churches must act quickly to show refugees the power and love of Christ, before Islam gets hold of them. That if the church doesn’t act, the civilisation of Europe and its freedoms will be lost, as by sheer weight of numbers Muslims will become the majority.

In essence; the Western church has a great opportunity to win many souls to Christ, by being Jesus to the refugee. And with the Australian government committing to an intake of Syrian refugees the mandate for the church is clear; “What you did for the least of these, you did for me” – Matthew 25.

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