Lebanon is a very small country in the continent of Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is approximately 100 miles (160 km) long and varies in width from 6 to 35 miles (10 to 56 km). Lebanon has a large population for its small area with 5.5 million people living there.
Over a million of the people living in Lebanon are refugees from Syria. Syria is a country bordering Lebanon that has been affected by civil war since 2011. Sadly, Lebanon has many problems of its own too, caused by bad political leadership. Bad leadership has left Lebanon struggling with terrible poverty, this has resulted in protest and conflict between the people who live there.
As well as bordering Syria, Lebanon also borders Israel, the country in which Jesus lived. The Bible tells us that Jesus visited Lebanon, although in those days the area he visited was not called Lebanon, it was called Tyre and Sidon. Today people in Lebanon mostly speak Arabic. Arabic is the language Jesus spoke too.
Most of the people living in Lebanon today are Muslim, but there are still some Christians living in the country. Since the days when Jesus walked in Lebanon, Christians there have continued to follow his teaching. Like the children in this film. Listen to the children as they sing their Mission Together hymn about how we should continue to share the love of Jesus today. Look out for the statue of the man dressed as a monk. He is St. Charbel Makhlouf, the patron saint of the Lebanon.