The Power & Nurture at Home Groups:
Our church building is not too big, and late-comers frequently have to squeeze in wherever they can find space. Of course most people don't like walking up to the front pews. As someone said in tongue-and-cheek, "the front row is where the 'sinners' sit and the back row's where the 'shoes' sit (the loafers, sneakers, and slippers!". All in fun!!!
It is said that if a church is 75% full, we must start looking for alternative places to meet. Apparently, people don't like to sit too close to each other. It is difficult to develop intimacy and deeper fellowship in a crowded place. The result is that we have begun to actively develop Home Groups as a means to foster closer fellowship. We have about 6 Home Groups meeting midweek in various places in and around Beirut city. Our Home Group in Mansourieh meets on Tuesday night. It runs between 8 to 12 people and we are from about 6 countries, including Lebanon. We are currently doing a video-assisted study of Philip Yancey's book "The Jesus I Never Knew". We all find it a wonderful place to develop fellowship, share joys and frustrations, and be accountable to one another through prayer and support.
* Please pray for the unity and witness of the Christian community in Lebanon and the Middle East
* Pray for Dan and Pastor Nabil who are for the first time running a "work-place" ALPHA program at an NGO (non-governmental organization) office with 40 employees. It is run during the one-hour lunch break. If successful, we would like to try at other organizations that may be open.
* We praise and thank God for His faithfulness, and your partnership
Dan & Sarah Chetti