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Being Stable in an unstable country


There are a lot of missionaries, that long to go out into the field with their families.

While I was in Lebanon, I was able to witness a war, and almost a civil war.

There are some practical things that can be done to ensure that things will be the most safe as possible for you and yours.

When looking for a place, it is best to look for an area that is pro American (if you are American).

In Lebanon, I moved into an area called Sin El Fil - in Beirut. This area was safe both during the Israeli conflict, and during the clashes between the Sunni and Shite.

Here in Iraq, I have chosen an area that is Kurdish.

While preaching the Gospel, make sure that you avoid talking too much about politics. Whenever Muslims have been angry at me because I am American, I simply say that "I love everyone, Bush, Hassan Nasrallah (Hezb Allah leader), Bin Laden, Everyone... Then I explain that although I love them, I do not love their actions or politics. I then explain that, that is why I am here.

In Lebanon, it is a good idea to have a plan of action for in the event of a conflict. Generally speaking, the northern Catholic areas in the North are safe areas to go to during these times. It is good to have a few contacts in these areas. If you do evangelism in Lebanon, you will build these contacts with time.

There are many Evangelical missionary families in Lebanon, whose children do not learn Arabic. It is important to keep your kids surrounded by Arabs so that they can learn Arabic. The more they get blended with their surroundings the more they will feel at "home".

It would be recommended that they go to a school that teaches, Arabic as soon as they are able. If they are not yet school age, make sure they are being prepared.

It is important to remind your family, why you are there. Remind them often of the dire need of the Gospel for the country you are in. Pray with them, and try and do Bible studies with them. Keep them involved, so they do not feel left out.

A brother from Holand, once told me this story: his son about 10 years old was wanting to go pass out tracts with him. His son went and passed out tracts with his Dad, and in the ride back to the house my friend saw his son crying. He asked him "What's wrong?"

The son then responded, "Dad, why were they all refusing Jesus?"

It is truly neat to see when a child that young begins to see the difficulty and the need.

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