Media Release, Mon. Feb. 23rd., 2004
Founder Of Cedars Of Lebanon
Project Determined to Reactivate Reforestation In War Torn Country.
Grant B. Livingstone and his wife Barbara
have returned to Canada in an effort to reactivate the Cedars Of Lebanon
Reforestation Project. He firmly believes that the healing of the battered
Lebanese people is directly related to the proliferation of their national
symbol of identity, the Cedars Of Lebanon.
Livingstone envisions the reforestation of the isolated remaining stands
of these ancient Cedars, to cover the largely barren slopes of the Lebanese
Mountains as a fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy. This restoration is
related to the coming return of the Messiah Jesus to rule in a worldwide
millennial kingdom of 1,000 years. He believes that support for the
project is best channeled into a group in Lebanon who have appealed
for help to continue a project they already have the seedlings for.
Grant Livingstone an octogenarian of 81 years of age, is best known
for being the co-accused with former Project Field Director Bruce Balfour.
A Lebanese court charged them in absentia in the spring of 2003 for
being spies for Israel. Balfour was arrested in early July last year,
when he returned to Lebanon to film a documentary of the Cedar planting
project in order to raise support in North America.
Eventually, Balfour was tried on a lesser charge of inciting religious
sectarianism, along with Livingstone, who was also tried in absentia.
After international attention and pressure, Balfour was released in
early September of 2003. He vowed to establish a separate organization
to fight for the cause of the oppressed political prisoners who he shared
Livingstone commented on his charge by saying, " The absurdity
of me spying for Israel, when our Cedars project had such a high and
obvious profile is self evident. I am no spy, just a servant of God
who wants to be used by Him to restore hope and a future to the oppressed
and suffering people of Lebanon."
Grant and Barbara Livingstone, are veteran
evangelists and journalists who have resided in Israel over the past
28 years of ministry. They are the Middle East representatives of the
Canadian based Maranatha Evangelistic Association and their publication,
Restoration Times specializes in the correlation of current events in
relation to the prophesies that are predicted in the Bible.