The region of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria is called “the Levant” and the Arabs of the area are called Levantine Arabs. There are over 11 million Lebanese Arabs found in 45 countries with significant populations in North and South American countries. Even with the dispersion of Levant Arabs, tribal affiliations are important. Tribes are ruled by sheiks who are chiefs and experts of Islam. Arabs enjoy spending time with one another, sharing coffee and food, hospitality is a key factor in Arab culture. For the majority of Levant Arabs, Islam holds a great influence over their culture and lifestyle.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In the Global Initiative article, “Hospitality’s Key Role in Reaching Muslims,” Donna Krstulovich expresses the importance of hospitality as a means of building relationships with Muslims. She writes, “Yet, the practice of hospitality is an integral and endearing part of Muslim culture that Christians and Muslims can share. It is adopted from ancient practices that predate Islam.” Hospitality has the power to establish or sever relationships with Muslims; pray that Christians may sit at the table of Lebanese Arabs, that God will use them and give them the wisdom to share the gospel.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There are many opportunities available for those who wish to reach Lebanese Arabs in Israel. The goal of Live Dead is to plant the church and share the message of salvation where he is not known.
To join in reaching Lebanese Arabs in Israel visit Live Dead Origins.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray churches and Christians in Israel would extend hands of hospitality to Lebanese Arabs in their communities.
- Pray God imparts wisdom and guidance to workers and ministers in order to bring a contextual gospel to Lebanese Arabs.
- Pray God calls believing men and women to go minister among unreached peoples in Israel.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.