Life Center Church sits just about a mile from the August 4 explosion at the port of Beirut, capital of Lebanon, and the blast would have surely taken lives if anyone was there, but for a ‘Holy Spirit leading’ of a Pastor.
Pastor Said Deeb of Life Center Church in Beirut, had felt an unusual anxiety, anger and sadness on the day of the explosion that, according to him, ‘he couldn’t shake away even after prayers.
It however was going to be a feeling that would help him give a life-saving order to his Church staff.
“I don’t know why, I was so rude, I told everyone, ‘Go home, go home, just close the Center’,” Pastor Deeb said in a CBN report.
“But people said, ‘How come? We came a long way, we have commitments, we have meetings.’ I said I don’t know why but please go home and come back on Sunday and it was a Tuesday afternoon,” Pastor Deeb said.
Pastor Deeb sent home his 34 workers and also canceled all children bible classes as he sensed that a terrible thing was about to happen.
“It was as if the Holy Spirit is saying, Go! Go! So I was saying everybody go home, turn off the computers, forcing them to leave, I was forcing them and they said, ‘We are cooking, cooking food for the refugees and for the poor,’ and I said, Today cancel everything, put it in the fridge’,”
According to him, the Church staff thought he had lost his mind as he ensured everyone left the church, but admitted it was the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
The 4000 square-meter church facility eventually had its windows and doors blown out during the blast that claimed over 200 lives and left thousands injured in Beirut, while tens of thousands are now without homes.
“It’s the first time in my life I feel like the International Church is united together to help Lebanon…”
Pastor Deeb however says he is seeing the Church come together more than ever before to offer aids amidst the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.
“The need all around us is huge, so people were coming from all over Lebanon to help clean the area where we are and we started sending them food and giving away drinks.
“And I thank God for the Body of Christ, people keep calling me from all over the world asking how they can help.
“It’s the first time in my life I feel like the International Church is united together to help Lebanon and to help Beirut,” Deeb said.
In a related news, SelahGist Hub reported how a Priest in Lebanon, whose church survived the blast termed it ‘a miracle’.
According to the priest, there was a feeling of the God’s presence during the Blast that shook the city.