Horizons International’s main goals are to be a tangible representation of The Great Commission, proclaim the Gospel, disciple the nations, and equip the church.
In the West we hear the narrative of Americans, British, or perhaps Koreans serving as missionaries around the world and in the Middle East. How often do we hear the incredible stories of Lebanese, Syrians, and Egyptians giving their lives as missionaries for their own people and region?
In 2012 a group of Lebanese Christians gathered in a small prayer space in Beirut, Lebanon motivated to raise up indigenous missionaries to reach the Arab world. Horizons International’s sending base was born. What could a small group with a radical vision accomplish?
Fast forward seven years. Today, Horizons International runs nine ministry centers, leading hundreds of believers with a Muslim background in discipleship. To date, they’ve sent 1,950 Arab missionaries throughout the Arab world.
What is Horizons International though? Horizons International’s main goals are to be a tangible representation of The Great Commission, proclaim the Gospel, disciple the nations, and equip the church.
“Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:17-20, NIV).
Jesus has called all believers to share the gospel throughout the world. Horizons focuses heavily on demonstrating the Christian faith throughout the Muslim world, but has continued expanding to serve those in Africa, the United States, Europe and Asia,
One of the most significant aspects in which Horizons International serves the Lebanese people is through its new strategic view of the Middle East. Horizons International has helped foster a true community of churches throughout Lebanon, partnering with over 65 congregations. This strengthens church leadership and allows for the family of Lebanese believers to find support and share abilities.
What is their fruit? As the Lebanese church has matured and solidified, their perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis has changed. Instead of seeing the crisis as a burden on their beloved country, Horizons turned the Syrian refugee crisis into an opportunity to unify the church and develop radical love and hospitality.
Jesus was explicit in The Great Commission as to his charge for the believer, “Go.” As the church in the Middle East continues to find revival and grow in maturity, Horizons International has become an example of discipleship. Through its work in education, humanitarian aid, and evangelism, Christ is moving in Lebanon and far beyond.
As the professor and theologian C.S. Lewis once said, “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs… God became Man for no other purpose.”
There is nothing more worthy of joy than the family of Christ growing. As we see with each ministry, the Church fulfills its missions so powerfully when the goal of sharing the love of Christ is at the forefront. Only then will “little Christs” enter into the kingdom of God.
Please pray for Horizons International and the Lebanese Church
- That they would continue to grow and mature, not losing their vigor for sharing the love of Christ.
- Pray for the refugees in Lebanon and the non-believers, that they would experience Christ in unshakable ways and be filled with his sustaining grace.
- Finally, pray for Horizons International, that they would continue to be provided with the resources to support such a quickly growing Lebanese church family.
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