Last weekend, Lebanon suffered a power outage and the country was plunged into darkness. Power has now been restored but there is fear this could happen again as fuel supplies remain low. Let us commit this time to lift up Lebanon in prayer.
‘It is difficult to explain how hard this is for us – for the people of Lebanon,’ shares Farah Bou Kheir, who is part of our team there. ‘There is no warning before something like this happens and there is no way of knowing when or how it will be resolved either.
‘It is a feeling of frustration and abandonment.’
Due to rising inflation in the country and problems with supply chains, food, medicine and fuel is getting harder to come by. This has led to difficult decisions being taken – like shutting down many street lights across Beirut to save on power.
But it’s also led to rising hunger and discontent within the country.
Many of us have been faithfully praying for Lebanon and the supply issues it has been facing in the last year. It is hard when we don’t see immediate breakthrough on issues like this – it can be discouraging when it feels like the situation is getting worse.
In the Bible there are times of unanswered prayers. Some of the psalms that King David wrote question God’s timing and when he is going to move. But he doesn’t stop lifting his petitions to God. And we see the same in the New Testament – Paul encourages us to keep praying (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Your prayers also encourage our staff and local partners in Lebanon at this time.
‘When you work in challenging circumstances, like in Lebanon, it makes all the difference knowing that there are people lifting us and the work we do up in prayer,’ explains Farah. ‘It strengthens our team and helps us feel a closer connection with how God is moving in the global church.
‘Thank you for standing with us – please keep praying for Lebanon.’