Population: 6.1 million (2018)
Official language: Arabic
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
IFES movement: Lebanon Inter Varsity Fellowship (LIVF)
Located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon is the smallest country in the Middle East. It has maintained a Christian identity – around 40% of the population is Christian. Freedom of religious practice, speech and human rights are protected under the Lebanese constitution.
- 40 universities; LIVF groups in 6 of the main ones
- 7 official volunteers and many others who help
- all groups are approximately equal in size
- group in Ras Beirut is the most active
Religious freedom allows LIVF to work with students without any restrictions. They thank God that they are seeing new students committing their lives to Christ and new leaders stepping forward to serve the lord through the movement. They are also grateful for the continuity of the ministry over many decades, a result of hard work and prayer.
LIVF have built bridges with churches and Christian organisations and the impact of their ministry on the Christian community in Lebanon is positively recognised. Their major challenge is that graduating student leaders have a tendency to leave the country to work abroad so the movement loses out on their experience and support.
View from the inside
Farah Bou Kheir is the General Secretary of LIVF. He says: “My prayer is that together we can reach today’s students and see them grow spiritually and develop personally. God-willing they will go on to be the leaders of the nation and of the Church.”
- for Bible discussion groups to disciple students well;
- for new students to be reached with the gospel;
- for graduate students to continue to support the movement regardless of where they work.