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Lebanese Baptists, IMB renew partnershipcomment (0)

January 2, 2003

BEIRUT, Lebanon — ­Lebanese Baptists and the International Mission Board (IMB) have renewed an old friendship to see churches planted in every neighborhood of Lebanon.

Leaders of the Lebanese Baptist Society and the IMB signed a ministry partnership plan Oct. 12, committing to three goals for Lebanon: every person hearing the gospel, every home receiving a copy of God’s Word and every neighborhood having a church.

The partnership is based on “a common vision of proclaiming God’s Word to all peoples and making disciples of the nations,” said an IMB worker living in the country.

Southern Baptists started working with Lebanese Baptists in 1921, but a civil war that erupted in 1975 forced IMB workers from the country. Calmer days have allowed the partnership to be re-established. Lebanese Baptists are pleased to see the relationship renewed. Approximately 70 percent of Lebanon’s 3 million people are Muslim. Lebanon is the only country in the region in which Muslims who turn to Christ have been able to safely announce their new faith in public. 

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