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- Stats for Lebanon
Has a large Christian minority, and may have some Western aspects of shame-base culture.
Top 25 Stats
Gospel Decisions to Population- 1.46% (18th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals- 1.47% (20th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Lebanese Arab (66.4%); Palestinian Arab (12.2%); Druze (7.7%); Armenian (4.5%).
Arabic, French, English
Strong commercial center of Middle East, but conflicts have caused upheaval and instability.
History / Politics
Nation is a republic with balanced power among all religious groups. Has constant political influence and interference from Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Needs to recover from almost 70 years of internal conflicts and foreign intervention. About 80% of the population has been displaced; many people traumatized. Currently has relative stability and a chance to rebuild.
This is the only Middle East nation where people can change their religion legally. Forgiveness and healing of hatred and bitterness need to occur. Evangelicals are providing services for refugees from the 2006 crisis in the south. Christians decreased from 62% in 1970 to 32% in 2010; Most emigrated to safer areas. The Orthodox and Catholic churches have spiritual deadness, and Protestants have divisions. Lebanon remains a center for Christian ministries, schools, and Bible distribution.
Pray that openness persists, and that Christians reach out to the Lost. Pray for continued reconciliation and forgiveness of the past violence. Pray for revival within the Catholic and Orthodox churches and for growth of evangelicals. Pray for continued religious freedom and ability to reach others in the region.