Lebanon

Lebanon is often cited as exceptional in the Middle East for its vital pluralism and diversity. A prominent Muslim who is a member of the Arab Working Group for Christian-Muslim Dialogue says, "We Lebanese have a special background in pluralism, culturally and objectively. It is a way of life for us in Lebanon to live together." Even so, Lebanon is still feeling the impact of its seventeen-year civil war and the effects of Israeli occupation of, and withdrawal from, the south. Physical reconstruction in Beirut is visible, even as more rural communities aspire to get back on their feet and the economy is strained. Pray for: The many Christian communities of Lebanon and their ecumenical efforts to ensure a strong Christian presence; efforts to build upon a history of interfaith relations that has stressed national unity; the Near East School of Theology, where future generations of the region's Protestant clergy prepare for ministry; the World Student Christian Federation and its Middle East regional office, located in Beirut; Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. Mission Personnel Ruth Edens Global Mission Intern serving as program staff of the Forum for Development Culture and Dialogue based in Beirut, Lebanon. Click here to read Ruth's weblog. A Global Mission Intern is appointed by the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. This ministry is possible because of funds provided by the Week of Compassion of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Partners Haigazian University Near East School of Theology


Lebanon is located in Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria.                

Lebanon is often cited as exceptional in the Middle East for its vital pluralism and diversity. A prominent Muslim who is a member of the Arab Working Group for Christian-Muslim Dialogue says, "We Lebanese have a special background in pluralism, culturally and objectively. It is a way of life for us in Lebanon to live together." Even so, Lebanon is still feeling the impact of its seventeen-year civil war and the effects of Israeli occupation of, and withdrawal from, the south. Physical reconstruction in Beirut is visible, even as more rural communities aspire to get back on their feet and the economy is strained.

Pray for: The many Christian communities of Lebanon and their ecumenical efforts to ensure a strong Christian presence; efforts to build upon a history of interfaith relations that has stressed national unity; the Near East School of Theology, where future generations of the region's Protestant clergy prepare for ministry; the World Student Christian Federation and its Middle East regional office, located in Beirut; Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.

Population (2014 est) – 5,882,562

Area – 6,462mi

Capital – Beirut

Ethnic Background

Arab - 95%

Armenian - 4%

Other - 1%

Exports - jewelry, base metals, chemicals, miscellaneous consumer goods, fruit and vegetables, tobacco, construction minerals, electric power machinery and switchgear, textile fibers, paper

Imports - petroleum products, cars, medicinal products, clothing, meat and live animals, consumer goods, paper, textile fabrics, tobacco, electrical machinery and equipment, chemicals

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 76 years      F 79 years

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 7.98 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 10.4%