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Thursday, August 20, 2020

A Beacon of Hope in a Broken Beirut


A Beacon of Hope in a Broken Beirut
The oldest Arabic-speaking Protestant church in the Middle East has survived worse crises than the recent Lebanon explosion.
Jayson Casper in Beirut
Sitting at his desk in the second-floor office adjacent to the historic National Evangelical Church of Beirut, Habib Badr calmly filled out the wedding registry. It was a ritual the almost 70-year-old had performed countless times over the course of his 35-year ministry.
The next day, there would be a funeral. A stalwart member of his congregation, the former head of reconstructive surgery at the American University of Beirut hospital during the years of civil war, had passed away of natural causes. ...

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