After growing up and studying in France and in the UK, Jonathan worked for Tearfund for a while before sensing the call of God to move to South Lebanon, to serve the Palestinian refugees community and to share Jesus.
He tells the story of how he narrowly escaped the bombing of Beirut airport during one of the conflicts between Hezbollah and Israel, as well as how a mysterious man gave him intel to help his friends on the ground get out.
He also talks about a wonderful emerging movement to Christ amongst the Palestinian Sunnis there, which even includes some Hamas leaders. The number of believers is now in the hundreds and several 'generations' deep.
All this did take its toll on Jonathan and his marriage - and he reflects on some of the mistakes he made.
He and Matt also touch on the controversial topic of Insider Movements. This is much misunderstood and maligned in some Christian circles - and often wrongly conflated with 'Chrislam', which is a syncretistic blending of Christianity and Islam. If you would like to read some helpful scholarly articles explaining some of the complexities of Insider Movement theology, please do email.
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