Hope Unexpected from the Middle East
My head and my heart are full after spending time with Dr Mike Bassous from the Bible Society in Lebanon over the last few days as he visited us here in Northern Ireland.
Our theme for this visit was Hope Unexpected and Mike certainly delivered, sharing stories and testimonies from Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. Mike shared his message with many people, speaking in Ballymena, Belfast, Londonderry and Bangor. We partnered with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to bring Mike to Northern Ireland with a particular focus on a conference for Church Leaders on Thursday 26th January at Assembly Buildings in Belfast.
Thank you to everyone who came to hear from Mike and for the generous support we received for the Bible Society in Lebanon.
As we continue to pray for the situation in the Middle East, Mike asked us to pray specifically for the church in the Middle East that they would continue to find strength to deal with the opportunities presented to them. We also need to pray for real and lasting peace in the region.
Please do continue to pray for Mike and his team in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
Photos: Top L: Dr Mike Bassous on a visit to the North Coast. Top R: Church of the Resurection, Elmwood Ave, with Rev Barry Forde, Tony (student on a GAP year from Lebanon) and Mike. Bottom R: Rev Dr Rob Craig, Rev Alastair Rosborough, Mike, Catherine and Bishop Ken Good.
Bottom: Rev Uel Marrs (PCI Board of Mission Overseas), Dr Mike Bassous (Bible Society of Lebanon), Catherine Little (Bible Society NI Gen Sec), Rt Rev Dr Frank Sellar (PCI Moderator).