Lighthouses in Lebanon and Beyond
Horizons International is establishing evangelism and discipleship centers, called “lighthouses,” across the entire MENA region. These lighthouses collaborate with nearby churches to plant new believers into supportive congregations, and to mobilize and train the churches for effective ministry among Muslims.
Each lighthouse maximizes its gospel impact by adapting to its local community, holistically addressing the spiritual and humanitarian needs of local residents.
Many lighthouses are partially self-supporting through missional businesses run by Horizons staff, including a Christian daycare, car wash, music school, and two café/bookstores. These businesses ensure sustainable income, yet more importantly provide the opportunity to boldly and publicly proclaim the gospel in difficult-to-reach areas. .
Currently, Horizons operates 13 lighthouses in 5 countries, and we continue to establish more lighthouses in areas yet unreached by the gospel. God has given us the vision of raising up a thousand lighthouses across the Muslim World, which we aim to do by 2050!
Nabaa, Beirut, Lebanon, 2012: In the original Horizons lighthouse, well over 2,000 Muslims have come to know Christ. This place of revival and collaboration between multiple churches is also home to the School of Hope’s 114 refugee students. It remains Horizons’ headquarters in Lebanon
Tyre, South Lebanon, 2016: Originally part of the Tyre church, this center became a Horizons Lighthouse when Mohammad Yamout joined our staff.
Tripoli, North Lebanon, 2016: In Lebanon’s second largest city, known as a stronghold for Islamic extremists, this lighthouse has made miraculous inroads into Muslim communities with Christ’s peace and healing.
Beqaa Valley, East Lebanon, 2016: The Beqaa lighthouse is within walking distance of 350,000 Syrian refugees living in 5 large camps. Our proximity to the camps has allowed this lighthouse to operate as a critical serving/sending base for evangelistic, medical, and food distribution ministry to refugees.
3 Centers in Upper Egypt, 2018: Horizons established lighthouses in three local churches and has been focusing on reaching out to the widows and orphans of their communities.
2 Centers in Jordan, 2017 & 2018: Two lighthouses are operating in Jordan in partnership with two local ministries, one as a community center and the other as an extension of a local church.
Turkey Lighthouse, 2016: Through an ongoing partnership, Horizons and a Brazilian church have established a Turkish congregation that baptized several new believers in 2018. Not only is the church/lighthouse growing in its central location, but it is also reaching out to villages in its region and seeing new believers
coming to Christ.
Maaraki, Lebanon Center, 2018: Horizons teams conduct evangelism and discipleship through house visits and weekly worship meetings through this rented 4-story building in a Shiite Muslim village in South Lebanon. The center is supported by on-site missional businesses, including a Christian daycare, salon, restaurant, and gym/spa.
2 Centers in Southern Syria, 2017: Our Syrian lighthouse staff conduct frequent mission trips, partnering with local churches to organize humanitarian aid and evangelistic outreaches.