Had a hike with Yves today up to the Mar Chaaya Monastery. It was fascinating. If you have time read some of the history. Great workout too.
I posted some pics of that and of the Saj feast we had yesterday. Saj is a flat bread that you cook on a special grill outside (see the PIcs). You can fill it with all kinds of things from cheese to sweet things. It was great!
I also posted some pics of the prayer meeting Wednesday at the Matar’s. They’ve had it for many, many years. It is such a great time with the Lord.
Almost two weeks since I’ve been here. It’s been a great trip and an eye-opening experience. From the first day driving from the airport (Lebanon is like a nation of New York City cab drivers. No attention to lanes of any kind, no attn to stop signs, they only installed some traffic lights four months ago!) to playing tennis today with some of the brothers here on the top of a mountain with the most spectacular views. Everyday is a day of new things. The Lord majors in making all things new. So I think I’m in the right place.
One great thing has also been the ability to video chat with Olivia pretty much everyday. We get home from meetings close to midnight which is 4 pm Nashville time. So we’ve been able to communicate quite a bit — so awesome!! I miss her so much…that’s the hardest part of this so far.
The food has been a new thing as well. I’ve been known to eat a lot of junk in my time and this trip has been wonderful for making a new start on that front. Lots of fruits and vegtables all the time. Not much Diet Coke — lots of water. They do not eat many sweet things which is a BIG change for me. I started running Friday in the way too steep mountains here in Broummana and hopefully I’ll come back a little thinner than when I left :).
We’re going to do an outreach at a Catholic Church tonight. Lebanon has many Catholics and a small amount of Evangelicals (about 30-50,000) and Michel and Nouna have a great relationship with many of the Preists. They go and worship and share and have seen the Lord do some mighty things in those communities. I’m excited to see what it’s like.
I’m going to try and post pretty regularly for the rest of the trip–with some pics and (hopefully) some audio/video.
Greetings from Lebanon. Keith Curlee and I travelled to Beirut June 16, 2008 and are seeing the Lord move in mighty ways. We are staying with Michel and Nouna Matar and family in Broumana. There are powerful meetings at the Tent of Praise (TOP) in Beirut — a place of praise and worship. Check out the pictures below for a small taste. Look for mp3s, videos, and lots more soon!