Thursday, June 29, 2017

“Adel’s path to becoming a leading client of the (Syrian) secret police began five years earlier. The nominal Islamic faith of his teenage years transformed into an obsessive drive as a young adult to discover truth about God wherever and however it may be found. For endless hours online, he studied every major religion in the world, convinced he would find an answer to his inner longings.

“The beginning of the end of his search occurred the first night he met Jesus in a dream. The morning after, he tried to convince himself it was ‘only’ a dream, a desire erupting from somewhere in his subconscious and motivated by his compulsive thinking about ultimate things. The next morning - the morning after his second dream - dismissing the experience was more difficult. Twenty eight additional nights in a row of seeing Jesus left Adel helpless before the gracious God he had encountered. Within a week after the last dream, he found a Christian believer who could explain what he should do, and Adel accepted Jesus Christ into his life.

“The intensity of Adel’s search became the intensity of his commitment. He quickly caught the attention of the secret police and promised himself and God, even before his first interrogation, that he would always answer questions truthfully. But he wouldn’ offer any information he didn’t have to. Less than a year into his new way of life, he had his first chat with the police…

“Adel’s resignation to life in Bab Touma freed him to share his faith openly with fellow prisoners, and by default with the guards. Reciting Psalms aloud, Adel periodically noticed one or more guards outside his cell, listening. Guards inadvertently gave Adel a powerful opening to share the gospel with other inmates…

“On his fortieth day at Bab Touma, when he felt as if he’d already been there several lifetimes, Adel was set free. He never knew exactly why.”

Dreams and Visions - Tom Doyle pp 141-143

Please help me get Bibles printed in Arabic into the hands of the Syrian refugees that have crowded into Lebanon.

Even a gift of $6.00 can put a Bible into the hands of someone hungry to know God’s truth.

Thank you so much.

Phil Leng

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Best Friends:
Palestinian Habib - Beloved);
and Danny -  Israeli soldier.

The soldier at the Bethlehem checkpoint opened the back door and crouched close to the wounded man’s head.

“Habib, don’t tell anyone about this.” He pulled a card from his vest pocket. “You have to take my military ID and head straight to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. You and I are about the same size and look similar, so they won’t ask questions. You have to do this.”

Habib grabbed the hand holding the soldier’s identification. “You’ll be dismissed from the IDF and disgraced for doing this, Danny.”

It doesn’t matter. Just go, my friend.

Minutes later, surgeons at Hadassah Hospital believed they were operating on an Israeli soldier who was a victim of an accidental shooting. Only when the real owner of the ID showed up the next morning to visit their patient did details of the story begin to circulate.

Habib’s hatred of Jews was undermined further when, far from disgracing Danny, the Israeli government branded him a hero because of his sacrifice and commitment to peace. And perhaps most troubling of all to his long-standing attitude, the medical staff continued their kindness and humane treatment even when they found out Habib was Palestinian.

Throughout weeks of recovery, one question dominated Habib’s thoughts. Why would God save me from certain death? Surely it was not so he could join a militant group like Hamas and fight to destroy Israel.

The question wandered through his mind as he drifted to sleep one night during his third week in the hospital.When a light flashed from the doorway of his room, he assumed one of the nurses was making her rounds. But then Habib realized the place he lay was not the hospital room in which he had gone to sleep, and the light was coming from a . . . man. Something profound passed between them as the person spoke four words: “I love you, Habib”

Habib awoke to his room at the medical center and knew the man in his dream had been Jesus. Spurred by several recurrences of the same visitation, Habib found a Bible and read the New Testament all the way through the next week.
Now Habib had a new question. How have I missed Jesus all this time? It seemed especially ironic given that he and his newfound Savior were born in the same town.

Today Habib has embraced Christ completely. And Danny?

“Danny is like a brother to me”, says Habib. “I have been threatened because of our friendship, and I finally had to leave the West Bank. All because I am friends with a Jew who saved my life.”

Habib has also joined forces with people quite different from the Hamas combatants who attracted him before his conversion. Part of the reconciliation movement of Jews and Palestinians. Habib now risks his life to bring down walls not made of concrete.

Dreams and Visions - Tom Doyle pp 192,193

Please help us provide Bibles for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon when we go there in a few months. A gift as small as $6.00 can provide one Bible.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Despite the increasing conflict we see intensifying in places like Syria and Egypt, and all over the Middle East, God is at work in a powerful way.

Thousands of Muslims are coming to Christ!

And when a Muslim is seeking to know about Jesus, they come to us in search of a Bible.

A gift of $6.00 or more, will put a Bible in the hands of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon.

A team of us are going to Lebanon in September, and we look forward to distributing 5000 Bibles to those who do not have one, have no access to one, and want one with all their being.

Phil Leng

Saturday, June 17, 2017

After encountering the Bible, I have changed

Ahmed made a decision for Christ the night our team had a baptism!  He encouraged our church the next day with this text, “Up until now, I have been a conservative, stuck-in-the-mud Muslim.  However, after encountering the Bible, I have changed.  The Word of God has deeply affected me, and last night I believed! Praise the Lord for how He has changed my life!”

Please help more Muslims encounter the life changing words from the Bible in Arabic.

Would you please give $6.00 (or more) to buy a Bible to put in the hands of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon?

Thank you

Phil Leng

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I am back!

Here it is 2017.

I am back. The same subject from a different angle.

We are heading to Lebanon to work with the Two million Syrian Refugees who have fled across their nearest border.

What do they need? Everything. There are governments and big NGOs supplying food water and other physical needs.

I am more moved by their longing to have the Bible, the Word of God, in their mother tongue Arabic, in their hands.

If you start following this blog again, you will be reading a lot more about that.

Welcome back!