TMM Lebanon Fall Newsletter
Saturday September 20th 2014, 6:56 pm
Filed under: Lebanon,Middle East

So much has been happening with TMM Lebanon…wanted to share the Fall Newsletter. If you would like to support what God is doing there please send us an email!

In the midst of all the chaos in the Middle East, the threat coming from ISIS, the conflict in Gaza

God is at work!!

As the eyes of the world are on the Middle East, making it in the headlines of all news, we do have a different report that we would like to share!
Two years ago, the Lord called us through a set of circumstances to start working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This in itself was not in any of our plans as Syrians are considered the enemy who has occupied Lebanon for 15 years

After a small scouting trip to camps, abandoned buildings and garages where people stay , we saw the refugees not only as Syrian but more so as people who have lost everything, who are living in fear, in trauma and in deep need!

Our response started with basic food items and some clothes distribution.

But with God’s help and with several partners joining


efforts with us we were able to do much more.

Starting an education program


Then the lord also helped us start a literacy and education program for children who are completely illiterate

And now a year later we did a ceremony where each child received his/her certificate of accomplishment

What a time of rejoicing!!



We also celebrated an end of year program where kids who were completely rebellious, with no sense of disciplined excelled



Second school



After the first school experience, we were also able to start another program in a different camp










Our biggest joy is to bring the God of Hope in the midst of despair .
Several bible study are being held now in tents and these sunni refugees are thirsty to hear the word!

These refugees are hopeless , disillusioned and very open to receive the word of God that brings joy and peace to their hearts!

Medical outreach

Throughout the year we held several medical outreaches where doctors, pharmacists, and nurses volunteered to give from their time and effort into the lives of those people.



More than a medical check-up, the doctors are able to give psychological and emotional support and in our team there is always a group dedicated for prayer. So it is not uncommon to see people deeply touched by the glory of God and overwhelmed by His presence as often this was the first time in their lives that

someone prayed for them personally.

New Project

Lately, we have also signed a partnership agreement with Dorcas Aid Holland to help cater to the needs of new comers in the Mount Lebanon area, families who fled from the troubled areas in Syria and have lost homes and family members, or Christians fleeing Iraq because of religious persecution. We have listened to heartbreaking stories and brought comfort and relief to many.



We want to express our deepest gratitude to all who took time to come and offer a helping hand.

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We had teachers come to help in the schools, university students who came and helped with distribution, doctors who offered their expertise, families who came to paint and be a blessing, intercessory teams who came to pray for the harvest and for the church–all short mission teams that have been an amazing blessing!

The harvest is plenty and it is ripe!!

We have seen Jesus touching people’s lives, we are seeing the kingdom advancing and we want to invite you to be part of history in the making.

God is on the move and no matter what the media is saying HE REIGNS!

Michel and Nuna Matar



He Rules and Reigns
Tuesday October 13th 2009, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Lebanon,Middle East,USA

For the last fifteen years while traveling to Russia and the Middle East, I have observed firsthand the reality presented in this video.  When I fly through the airports in Europe, I have been constantly amazed at the number of Muslim families that travel between the Middle East and Europe.  For years it was rare to see Muslim travelers, especially women and children.  But in the last fifteen years the prevalence of this people seen with whole families traveling has been astounding.

When I first began to travel to the Middle East, planes were not even half full.  Now, in the last four to five years, they are packed.  I have to book travel weeks in advance, because seats on planes are hard to come by. Rarely is there even one seat, no matter what class you fly.  I have also seen an increase in the number of children flying.  I have been on flights where a fourth of the passengers are children.  During my trips just this year, I have seen families up to six and eight flying into Paris and Amsterdam.  This year the Netherlands issued their first Islamic stamp for their postal system.  It is not unusual to be walking through the airports during Islamic prayer times and see Muslims paired off in corners bowing and praying to Allah.

The evangelization through being fruitful and multiplying has begun.  The Islamic Law, found in the Koran, is strictly adhered to and followed.  Make no mistake; there is no room for moderation, much less grace, in this way of life.

I have grown increasingly concerned with Christians embracing some kind of mixture of Islam and Christianity.  This is light and darkness.  Jesus said darkness cannot comprehend the light.

Just recently, during the United Nations General Assembly, we witnessed for possibly the first time in history that the three major speakers all had Islamic roots:  Kadafi, Ahmadinejad, and Barack Hussein Obama.  We see alliances being forged with Iran and Venezuela.  Recently there was an uprising and clash between Muslims and the Chinese government and close to half of the Russian parliament is Muslim.  As you will see in this video, 40% of the Russian Army is Islamic.  All the former satellite countries in the eastern part of the former Soviet Union are Islamic.

As we have traveled and ministered in South Lebanon, we are always amazed at the number of children we see time and time again as we move from house to house.  Khomeini sent hundreds of couples into South Lebanon in the 70’s and 80’s to populate and seal off Israel on their northern border. Iran has poured millions in financial resources to establish these families there.  They are subsidized in housing, business, and so much per child.  Consequently, having children is an economic benefit.  In fact, the larger the family the more the subsidy.

Iran, through Hezbollah, has not only populated the South, but has taken over economically and politically.  The realization that terrorist attacks were giving Israel reason to retaliate and the destruction of so much infrastructure in the South during the last war has brought about a season of calm.  The leaders of Hezbollah have the political foothold they now need to continue to become power brokers in the Middle East.   These enemies of the Most High God are not only surrounding Israel, but are building a buffer zone so that weapons and armies one day can move.

Lebanon is a prime example of what is happening in the West.  Its nationalism has been destroyed and it has been evangelized by Iran.  Hezbollah are Khomeini’s disciples.  One interesting change that has taken place is that all of Lebanon and its businesses must acknowledge Islamic holidays; in some instances even closing down.  In one of my trips in November and December of last year the Islamic people were celebrating during Christmas with their own holidays.  They even decorated trees.  Not in the tradition of our Christmas, but substituting their own.

Today as we awoke from our sleep, an astonishing event unfolded.  Barack Hussein Obama received one of the most prestigious honors that the world can bestow upon someone:  The Nobel Peace Prize.  This acknowledgment is not for any great accomplishment for peace, but for nine months of rhetoric that tickles the ears of the world.  Just a few weeks ago we heard Moammar Kadafi declare, from the podium of the United Nations, Barack Hussein Obama as a son of Islam.  Events in the last few weeks, including England setting free Libya’s national hero who brought down the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, have ushered in this pseudo hope for peace that is now galvanizing the world.

The prophetic word of the Lord in the book of Daniel that has been sealed up for this time is being revealed.  We can see, as this video is declaring, the European Common Market – its nations being influenced by the Islamic populations – bringing Europe to turn against Israel.  With the weakening of the moral fabric of the United States and its currency the shift of power has begun.  Just this week, the dollar is being sold out because of our failure to stand as a Nation under God.  A nation’s currency value is in direct proportion to its moral values.

Peace at any price and those who oppose it will pay a price with their own way of life – even their own lives.  Men will cry, “Peace, peace” then sudden destruction will come.

In the last two years we have seen the Nobel Peace Prize glorifying a lie – global warming – propagated by Al Gore, and now inspirational rhetoric of hope, declared by Barack Hussein Obama.

As our Lord’s return draws nigh, we must be ever watching and declaring the blessed hope of this glorious event and the culmination of our hope in Him.  False hope, which is entrenched in the Adamic nature of man and his ability to bring about change apart from God, is upon us.  But God, in His richest mercy, rules and reigns in the affairs of men.  Maranatha.

These pictures are from a Muslim rally in London:



This Is The New Reality
Tuesday August 25th 2009, 6:37 pm
Filed under: Lebanon,Middle East

At various times you run across incredible stories of reality, that bring things into a undeniable perspective. This was called to my attention, and I was so impacted by it. As many of you know I spend a lot of time in Lebanon ministering to believers and unbelievers alike. The middle east has been on my heart since 1993, when I had the privilege of baptizing a young Lebanese brother in Moscow, in the old KGB headquarters. They had turned it into a hotel, and I stayed there when I could. Great bath tubs, 7 ft. long. In the winter, we baptized many brothers and sisters, because it was like having a room with a baptismal They were long and deep. Also, that was the one place you could get hot water on a continual basis. They still brought in dignitaries, and military officials to stay, but opened it up to foreigners. It was a very surreal, but victorious feeling. This is where my relationship with Ziad Azan had begun. He was a tremendous young believer, and had such zeal for the Lord. In 1994 he went back to Beruit to visit his family, and lead 20 some odd to the Lord. It was at that time I was invited to go to Lebanon, and thus began my relationship with the Middle East. At that time the USA had no diplomatic relations with Lebanon, of course, because of the Marine barracks bombing, by what is now known as the Hezbollah. Nonetheless, the Azan family, being very influential, was able at anytime get me a visa through the embassy, and I was able to go to Lebanon without any interference, because of my relationship with this great family, I have had an open door for all this time. This forward describes the plight of many Lebanese for years, and this morning I was once again was moved by the Father’s love for these great believers. I look forward to going back soon. Pray for Michel and Nuna Matar. May the Lord continue to keep us in the new reality of things, that we might meet it head on with an ever increasing faith. Glory to God and His Son, the King Jesus!

PLEASE READ FOR YOUR AND YOUR FAMILIES’ SAKE! We can not fix it but God can!

http://americancongressfortruth.com/

FYI,

Rachel

Editor’s Note:

Below are selected excerpts from Brigitte Gabriella’s speech delivered at the intelligence summit in Washington DC.

We gather here today to share information and knowledge. Intelligence is not merely cold hard data about numerical strength or armament or disposition of military forces. The most important element of intelligence has to be understanding the mindset and intention of the enemy. The west has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against innocent victims in the name of Allah.

I was ten years old when my home exploded around me, burying me under the rubble and leaving me to drink my blood to survive, as the perpetrators shouted, “Allah Akbar!” My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. At 10 years old, I learned the meaning of the word “infidel.” I had a crash course in survival. Not in the girl scouts, but in a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness, freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At the age of 13, I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at night, waiting to be slaughtered. By the age of 20, I had buried most of my friends–killed by Muslims. We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London. We were Arab Christians living in Lebanon.

As a victim of Islamic terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12, 2001, and asking themselves “why do they hate us?” The psychoanalyst experts were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend the Muslim world. But if America and the west were paying attention to the Middle East they would not have had to ask the question. Simply put, they hate us because we are defined in their eyes by one simple word: “infidels.”

Under the banner of Islam “La, ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasoulu Allah,” (none is god except Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah) they murdered Jewish children in Israel, massacred Christians in Lebanon, killed Copts in Egypt, Assyrians in Syria, Hindus in India, and expelled almost 900,000 Jews from Muslim lands. We Middle Eastern infidels paid the price then. Now infidels worldwide are paying the price for indifference and shortsightedness.

Tolerating evil is a crime. Appeasing murderers doesn’t buy protection. It earns one disrespect and loathing in the enemy’s eyes. Yet apathy is the weapon by which the west is committing suicide. Political correctness forms the shackles around our ankles, by which Islamists are leading us to our demise.

America and the west are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam. You hear about Wakaba and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims, supposedly, are wonderful moderates. Closer to the truth are the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed printed by a Danish newspaper. From burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, to warnings that the west be prepared for another holocaust, those pictures have given us a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. News pictures and video of these events represent a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source: authentic Islam. An Islam that is awakening from centuries of slumber to re-ignite its wrath against the infidel and dominate the world. An Islam which has declared “INTIFADA” on the west.

America and the west can no longer afford to lay in their lazy state of overweight ignorance. The consequences of this mental disease are starting to attack the body, and if they don’t take the necessary steps now to control it, death will be knocking soon. If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world. This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting. We are fighting a powerful ideology that is capable of altering basic human instincts. An ideology that can turn a mother into a launching pad of death. A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause. It is an ideology that is capable of offering highly educated individuals, such as doctors and lawyers far more joy in attaining death than any respect and stature life in society is ever capable of giving them.

The United States has been a prime target for radical Islamic hatred and terror. Every Friday, mosques in the Middle East ring with shrill prayers and monotonous chants calling death, destruction, and damnation down on America and its people. The radical Islamist deeds have been as vile as their words. Since the Iran hostage crisis, more than three thousand Americans have died in a terror campaign almost unprecedented in its calculated cruelty along with thousands of other citizens worldwide. Even the Nazis did not turn their own children into human bombs, and then rejoice at their deaths as well the deaths of their victims. This intentional, indiscriminate and wholesale murder of innocent American citizens is justified and glorified in the name of Islam.

America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must engage our terrorist enemies, that we must address their grievances. Their grievance is our freedom of religion.. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.

Our mediocre attitude of not confronting Islamic forces of bigotry and hatred wherever they raised their ugly head in the last 30 years, has empowered and strengthened our enemy to launch a full scale attack on the very freedoms we cherish in their effort to impose their values and way of life on our civilization.

If we don’t wake up and challenge our Muslim community to take action against the terrorists within it, if we don’t believe in ourselves as Americans and in the standards we should hold every patriotic American to, we are going to pay a price for our delusion. For the sake of our children and our country, we must wake up and take action. In the face of a torrent of hateful invective and terrorist murder, America’s learning curve since the Iran hostage crisis is so shallow that it is almost flat. The longer we lay supine, the more difficult it will be to stand erect.

Brigitte Gabriel is an expert on t he middle east conflict and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject. She’s the former news anchor of world news for Middle East television and the founder of americancongressfortruth.com

more bio info at

http://www.intelligencesummit.org/speakers/brigittegabriel.php

“Freedom Is Not Free!”



New Website for Tent of Praise
Thursday August 06th 2009, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Lebanon,Middle East

Check it out: www.tentofpraise.com



Global Day of Prayer Lebanon 2009
Monday June 15th 2009, 11:28 am
Filed under: Lebanon,Middle East

What a timing for a global day of prayer to be held.  At a turning point in Lebanon, just a week before the parliament elections.  Political battles were raging, every party slandering the other, accusing the other, bribes were common ground and political banners were raised all over the country.  But the believers in Lebanon chose to raise another banner: the banner of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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We started 2 weeks earlier by reading the whole Bible through from cover to cover proclaiming the Word of God over our land.  On the 31st  of may the believers gathered in an open field  and praised the Lord declaring him Lord over Lebanon and over the earth.

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 The scriptures we used were mainly from 2 Chronicles 7

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But we followed also Joel 2 with a call for fasting, gathering the children, gathering the youth, repenting of our sins, singing the high praises of God and calling for the Father that He will pour out His Spirit over all flesh including the government and people in authority. And we also lifted the elections and the whole land.

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The youth were not forgotten! After they performed a dance, we passed the torch to this new generation praying that the hearts of the fathers would be turned to the sons and the hearts of the sons to the  fathers.

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Children and adults sang along side each other.

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Children prayed.

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Pastors and priests stood along side each others repenting for the sins of the nations and for the sins committed against each other.

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High praises were lifted.

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And prayers were raised.

The Lord was present, He sealed this time and we all believe that a wind of change is coming!

To all who were not with us, know that a prayer was lifted for you too!

Be richly blessed by the Father.



Ben Ward on Lebanon
Monday June 15th 2009, 11:27 am
Filed under: Devotional,Lebanon,Middle East

Ben Ward accompanied Keith last year to minister in Beirut.  Here are some of his impressions from the trip posted on his blog.

Lebanon – One Year Later

It’s coming up on one year since I went to Beirut, Lebanon and I realized I haven’t done a proper wrap-up post. It’s actually kind of nice to have some time and perspective on the trip. So much has happened since last summer and so much had happened leading up to it. It is really amazing.

I had just left the church in Peoria after a dizzying chain of events that I still can’t quite explain. We saw God do amazing things most notably by selling our two-month-old house in four days for more than we paid for it. He really wanted us out of there! But we didn’t know where to go. No job, no house, no prospects, really. So Olivia’s Dad, Keith Curlee, felt like the Lord wanted him to take me to Beirut on his next trip. He has a ministry there (Triumphant Mercy Lebanon) that partners with local believers. In 2007 they opened a prayer and worship center in a mall called the Tent of Praise, or TOP. We went for a month and stayed with the family that leads the TOP and ministered with the precious people there.

It was great to just be a part of what God is doing in the Middle East. I played bass in the worship times (I had never done that before — they were short a bass player), I spoke at the youth meetings, and conducted some music clinics on songwriting, playing, etc. I was even honored to lead worship one night at the TOP (in English, of course :). I got to experience a lot of the Lebanese culture (you can look back at the older posts for stories).

What struck me the most was the power of the Holy Spirit to make vast cultural differences so insignificant. When it came down to it, we were brothers and sisters in the Lord and that made us fast friends. We still keep up with each other on Facebook and I hope I get the opportunity to go back. When I think about Lebanon, I get a strange feeling that I’ve struggled to define. Like any “mission trip,” there is great spiritual fire that happens and you long to be back in that place of seeing God use you and seeing people’s live changed in amazing ways. But this is deeper – the Cedars have a strong effect on you.

New Songs, Nations, Young People

I wrote these down before I left. I felt that these words summed up what God had shown me in Lebanon. In fact, I’ve already seen the fruit of them here in NYC.

Nations – There is no other city in the world that has so many nations represented and living together. The nations are truly represented here. I believe that’s one of the things God has placed on my heart – to reach out to the nations; to minister His power in different cultures. To not only help bring change to the nations, but to be changed by the nations.

New Songs – Since I’ve come to New York I’ve written more songs in a short time than at any other time since I started writing songs. I’ve probably written twenty or thirty this year. Not all of them are keepers, of course, but I have been overwhelmed by the inspiration. Many are spiritual/worship in nature, but many are just about life and relationships. In Lebanon, I feel the Lord cemented the fact that I am a writer of songs by allowing me to teach others how to do it.

Young People – I remember a prophecy I received at IHOP back in 2007. The guy said that the Lord was fascinated at how I loved young people. This struck a chord with me because I do. I feel God has given me a heart for the young. To see them go further in their gifts and further in their relationship with Him. I haven’t seen as much fruition of that yet, but my awareness is surely up. I’m waiting for God to bring opportunities to work with and encourage young people.

So, that’s just a few of the impressions and insights the Lord gave me in Lebanon and since. I’m even more thankful than last year that Triumphant Mercy paid for me to go (not an inexpensive endeavor) and that I got to be a part of something much larger than me: God moving in the Middle East.

Here’s a video of him singing one of his songs as well…



Radical Islam tightens grip around Israel.
Thursday July 17th 2008, 6:21 pm
Filed under: Middle East

In the last two weeks another objective of radical Islam has been attained.  Radical Islam being defined as its objective the extinction in Israel and Christianity.  When I first began going to Lebanon in the mid 90’s the grafiti written on the bullet strewn walls of war torn Beirut said, “first the Saturday people then the Sunday people!”   One of my mentors over the years always said, “The beginning of a thing determines the end.”  The west is so naive to think that the Islamic beginnings are not rooted in spiritual darkness and violence.  Now  we have another country bordering Israel who’s objetive is to see Israel annihilated.  The Hezbollah Party, led by Hassan  Nassralla, backed by Iran,  has leveraged its way into the Lebanese Parliament to now have such a position that they will be able to control Lebanon by constant leverage of violence if their political will is not acted upon.  Sout Lebanon has beome virtually a militarized zone against Israel.  In 1998 I met with a Syrian Senator concerning water purification problems in his country.  After talking business, he wanted to talk about politics.  Politics and religion are inseparable in the Middle East,  They are intrinsically married to each other.  He told me that if it was not for the United States, Israel would dissolve like sugar in water.  I asked him if he knew how old the US was.  He said yes, about 200 years old.  My response was if the US is so young what has preserved Isarael for some 3,000 years. Being outnumbered by Arabs why are they still here.  Now, Israel is surrounded by her enemies.  The Lebanese government has acquiesed and settled for peace at any price.   Iran and Syria have so disrupted the Lebanese nation that the will to be free is no longer there.  The battle for Lebanon not only is strategic for surrounding Israel, but Lebanon is part of the promised land that Moses saw when the Lord took him up to view the promise.  When God speaks of His beauty in the scriptures He compares it to Lebanon.  She is called Israel’s sister.  Lebanon for years has been the gateway into the middle east.  Lebanese business men have help the west do business all overt the middle east for years.  The gospel, bibles, and literature have gone in through Lebanon for years.  Last week was a setback for Israel and the west, and now an army that the political west would not let Israel deal with Hezbollah, last year, has established itself in a most strategic place the border of South Lebanon.  Even though with the Syrian occupation during the civil war gone, the vacuum left has only embolden the radical terrorists, Hezbollah, and they have filled the vacuum and grew with its support from Iran and Syria where there influence has gained  control.  In a couple weeks I will be going back to Lebanon for my tenth ministry trip.  The brothers and sisters need our prayers and support.