The LORD promises in 2 Chronicle 7:14 that: “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (ESV).
On August 5, 2020, Full Gospel Assemblies heeded the call for prayers for the people of Beirut who were hit by massive explosions last Aug 4, 2020. The blasts were produced by tons of stored ammonium nitrate in the port area. As of August 14, the explosion caused 110 deaths, wounded 6,000 and displaced 300,000 Beirut residents. Along with thousands of damaged or leveled structures, the grain silos within Beirut were destroyed, cutting down the city’s grain stocks to less than a month’s supply.
FG missionary Pastor Dr. Joel initiated the prayer line request for Beirut. He received first hand the sad stories of the locals who lived in areas hard-hit by the blasts. One church with personal connections to past ministry was severely damaged and the pastor was even badly injured. For those whose houses were spared, they were asked to stay inside and to wear masks to avoid inhaling the toxic gases. Now the recovery and rebuilding efforts are underway. Pastor Joel who has ministered to the people of Beirut over the past years, is now flying back to the city to be with the people there. The needs which will be presented upon his arrival are expected to be great.
The nation continues to call for support so its people will be able to fully recover. Nations seems to be coming together in this regard. Let us continue, as the FG Assemblies body, to lift Beirut before our great God within our prayers—for God to heal them from trauma and grief – to supply their every need both in the material and spiritually. Pray that the body of Christ there will make the Lord their stronghold to be able to rise up in their situation and give God’s love one to another. Let us pray that the Lebanese and internationals in Beirut will be open to the goodness and love of the Lord God Almighty.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. – Nahum 1:7