Hospitality in Lebanon

I’ve written about hospitality before, and how it’s the doorway into the Kingdom.  The first thing you notice about Jesus is way he honored people and welcomed them into his presence.

Last week in DaMour, Lebanon I experienced a level of hospitality deeper than anything I’ve ever seen.  In a classroom of  Syrian, Lebanese, Armenian, Brazilian, and American Believers, I was made to feel like a visiting dignitary.  They didn’t even want me to fill my own water glass from the tap.  The honor and respect these students extended to each other, along with their shiny smiles, was a compelling reflection of the Kingdom.  It was my first time teaching in the Middle East, and I sure hope it won’t be the last.

Now I’m in Budapest with a happy group of American and Canadian students.  I had the worst travel experience of my life on the flight from Beirut when we got diverted and then stranded in Izmir, Turkey, for ten excruciating hours.  But that story will have to wait until another time.  It was a maddening example of a worldview that values control over relationship, almost the exact opposite of my experience in Lebanon.   And to make matters worse, the airline lost my luggage.  So here I am with only the clothes on my back.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for my Mom.  She’s at home “taking it easy.”

2 thoughts on “Hospitality in Lebanon”

  1. Don:
    When you have time, could you elaborate on this experience? It seems that the group defines the Kingdom for more than just hospitality. What a culturally diverse group! But Christ has overcome all potential cultural divisions to reign in peace in their hearts. If that does not represent the Kingdom then I don’t know what it is!
    Tom

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  2. Don,
    My experience with Middle Eastern people has always left me feeling as you did in Lebanon. They were warm-hearted, gentle people who couldn’t do enough for me. I was truly humbled in their presence. For those coming out of the religious bondage of Islam into the freedom of relationship with Jesus, I imagine the culture shock creates a heart so full of gratitude that hospitality and serving others naturally follow.
    May your clothes and God’s blessings be returned to you a hundredfold, my friend…

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