The Middle East is Changing!
Living Faith Ministry International, a non-denominational ministry, began with a Lebanese-American pastor, Chaouki Boulos, responding to a call from God that it was time to share Jesus in the Middle East in an open manner. Prior to then, Christians had been "sowing" and "watering" but in an underground manner.
Chaouki and a group of believers began in July 2000 in Beirut, Lebanon with Operation Antioch, a five-night, open-air Celebration with uplifting music and dynamic preaching. Christians from the US offered support, doing street evangelism, ministering in orphanages, developing a children's ministry, hosting basketball clinics and generally encouraging people in the local churches. Since July 2000, Celebrations have been held twice a year in Beirut. They've also held events in Syria, Egypt and Jordan. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, far above what anyone predicted, with churches of all denominations participating.
"Just as the Lord called out Barnabas and Saul to go and reach nations (Acts 13:2), I believe the Lord is calling to the church of Antioch once again; He is separating or calling to a people who will respond and follow Him."
~ Chaouki Boulos
Unknown to many, Lebanon is a nation that is 36% Christian, making it unique among Middle Eastern countries.
Along the way, it became apparent that there was a pressing need for a retreat center, somewhere for new Christians from areas that don't have religious freedom to come for discipleship or refuge, and somewhere that Christians of all denominations could meet together. The 2009 General Assembly Offering went to support this retreat center, called White Wings. Property was purchased in the heart of the Christian community in a mountainous area about 2,400 feet high. This will be a place where pastors and Christians throughout the Middle East and North Africa come for training, refreshing, and countless other opportunities. This center will serve every aspect of Christian evangelism especially to the Arab population.
Ministries of relief and compassion to people in distress are ongoing and this new retreat center is being planned. For more information, visit www.operationantioch.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaouki Boulos, missionary to Lebanon has some incredible stories of what God is doing in Lebanon. Chaouki and Maha Boulos coordinate “Celebrate Jesus” rallies in downtown Beirut and neighboring countries, where thousands of people have heard about Jesus Christ – some for the first time. Chaouki and Maha grew up in Lebanon and knew that religious freedom in Lebanon might provide "the open door to reach the peoples of the Middle East." And it has, but it’s not the only way this couple is the presence of Christ. They’ve facilitated Vacation Bible Schools, sports camps, children’s ministry and prison outreach. They help distribute food and medicine to families in need. They have given street children shoes and provided women with dental care. Now, one of their priorities is opening a conference and training center for churches in the region. This conference and training center is being built right now. The first building housing 36 people and the campground are finished. Three cottages still need to be built this Spring/Summer.
This will be a place where pastors and Christians throughout the Middle East and North Africa come for training, refreshing, and countless other opportunities. This center will serve every aspect of Christian evangelism especially to the Muslim population.
Contact Chaouki (“shall we”) Boulos 011-961-3-850-890
A Mountain Top Moment on the Summit by Kent Cranford, Loray Baptist Church