Tag Archives: Lebanon

Convention 2019 Speaker Fosters Refuge and Redemption in France

Samir Salibi with wife Joanna, sons Maxim and Liam.

By Carl Stagner

The Church of God in Paris, France, is relatively new. It wasn’t until 1989 that the Church of God came to Paris, and not by way of the Church of God in the United States and Canada. The Church of God in Lebanon planted the Church of God in Paris. So when the refugee crisis of 2015 resulted in more than a million Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe, the Church of God in Paris was uniquely qualified to respond. Samir Salibi, leader of the Church of God ministry in Paris known as @home, was once an immigrant, himself, also from Lebanon. As you might imagine, the Church of God is especially looking forward to what God has placed on his heart for Convention 2019 & General Assembly. Continue reading

Longtime Missionary Turns 100

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Photo: Bob Moss and Ernest LaFont

By Carl Stagner

1916. That was the year former missionary Ernest LaFont was born. Well-known across the movement throughout the 20th century, he and his wife Grace were regarded by both pastors and laypeople, at home and abroad, as exemplary pillars of the faith. Chances are pretty good that either you are someone who was blessed by the ministry of the LaFonts, or you know someone who was. From Panama to Egypt, to Lebanon and finally Washington State, the widespread reach of this Pacific Bible College (now Warner Pacific) graduate over the span of a lifetime has not ceased, but continues to this day. Family member and friend Bob Moss of Church of God Ministries knows firsthand the incredible impact of Ernest LaFont on the movement, and is honored to offer just a glimpse of the harrowing circumstances that shaped this man of God. Continue reading

Women in Ministry: What Would People Think?

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By Nabil Safi

“What would people think?” is a common response I often got in the past, and still get today, when I have conversations about senior leadership with women from the Middle East. The fear of being judged has crippled women in general to be thriving in the community at-large and, in particular, inside the local church. The fact that a woman lives in a lopsided society that promotes males over females makes it very difficult for her to navigate the conflicting values of equality and personal achievement versus honor-shame and community’s best interest. Consequently, when faced with an invitation to lead, her immediate response is, What would people think? Continue reading

Church of God Urges Prayer for Lebanon and France

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By Stephen R. Lewis, Associate Director of Global Strategy

Terror has swamped the news this weekend, with major attacks in Beirut, Lebanon, and Paris, France, on Thursday and Friday. Pray for the people of Beirut and Paris, who are wrestling with life and death and uncertainty. Pray also for the Church of God in the region, and the Global Strategy personnel on the Three Worlds team, that they might be a beacon of light and hope. Continue reading

Tennessee Church Plant’s Approach: Intergenerational

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Photo: Worship at the launch of Generations of Grace.

By Carl Stagner

What might today’s millennials learn from retirees? What wisdom could baby boomers offer young children? What might the Greatest Generation learn from quality time spent with new parents or tech-savvy teens? While Grace Place Church celebrated their one hundredth anniversary this year, they also took strides to reach beyond their hometown of Hermitage, Tennessee. Longing to reflect a biblical model of ministry across the spectrum of ages, they’ve started a church that is intentionally intergenerational. Continue reading