INTERNET NEWS ON CEDARS

in order of latest date first
See Media Page for Part Three Of
Radio Interview with
Grant & Barbara Livingsotne
February 29, 2004
Cedar's Project Founder
Rev. Grant Livingstone returns
to Canada from Israel to Reactivate Project.

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 time with.

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.

 


September, 2003

BRUCE GIVES FIRST ACCOUNT
UPON ARRIVAL TO LA AIRPORT
Like Joseph in Pharoah's prison, fellow prisoner's plead with
Bruce not to forget their plight in Lebanese 'misery' prison.
Bruce parts company with Cedar's project
to form Lebanese Prisoner Right Group.

Firsthand Report by Jacki Skeels of ASSIST News (USA)

SEE CJAD NEWS Account (Canada)

Hear Audio Interview with Bruce by Canadian Lebanese Activist

Visit the CLHRF or LCCC websites and listen to an
Audio interview with Canadian Field Director, Bruce Balfour
(English). Conducted by Elias Bejjani, Spokesman for
the CLHRF, hours after Bruce was release from
Lebanon's Roumieh Prison

http://www.10452lccc.com
http://www.clhrf.com

the link for the realplayer interview
http://www.clhrf.com/audionews/bruce.ram

 

 

BRUCE FREED FROM PRISON, SEPTEMBER 2ND., 2003 AFTER
MAJOR CHARGE OF COLLABORATION WITH ISRAEL FALLS
THROUGH DUE TO LACK OF EVIDENCE. CONVICTED OF LESSER

CHARGE OF INCITING SECTARIAN SENTIMENTS & SENTENCED TO
TIME ALREADY SERVED, THEN EXPELLED FROM LEBANON.
ARRIVES BACK IN LOS ANGELES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT,
SEPTEMBER 3RD.

SEE NEW FREEDOM PAGE FOR NEWS REPORTS

Sentencing now moved to Monday, September 1st, 2003
Key witness delayed due to medical reasons, prosecutor asks for new document evidence from Bruce's suitcases at the airport, to be translated into English.
Excerpts from Bruce Balfour's third court appearance
on Wednesday August 27th as translated from the Arabic Lebanese Newspaper Assafir.

Please note that above translation may not reflect all of
Bruce's responses accurately because of translation from his English to the court Arabic record, to the newspaper account , and back into English.

NATURE BOY
- a August 22nd Friday Magazine report by Sara Leibovich Dar of Ha'aretz

 

Bruce's Trial Extended again to
Wednesday,August 27th, 2003

Prosecution asks for one more witness to prepare to testify.
''My client is innocent,'' defence lawyer George Assaf told Reuters. ''They are not serious charges.''
See MSNBC Report

See CBC News report Link, August 20th ,2003

See August 21st report in Lebanon's Daily Star


Witnesses called on August 20 th Appearance
Fadi Husseini - Agricultural Engineer
Ghassan Rahhal - Southern Agricultural Association

See News Reports
CBC News
Middle East Online

New ! Balfour Canadian Defense Fund

Non - Deductible Donations can be deposited at any

TD Trust Bank in Canada to the"
"Balfour Canadian Defense Fund" Account # 806-5-5212163
for Bruce's Legal Fees in Lebanon.

Family & Friends News Release
August 8th. 2003

Set Bruce Balfour Free! by friend David Dolan
August 15, 2003

CANADIAN LEBANESE HUMAN RIGHTS FEDERATION

EDITIORIAL FOR BRUCE BALFOUR
AUGUST 6TH., 2003

MONTREAL LEBANESE HUMAN RIGHTS
ORGANIZATION WRITES BILL GRAHAM
SUPPORT OF BRUCE BALFOUR!

SEE THEIR WEBSITE AT:

http://rcplonline.org/

CANADIAN OCTOGENARIAN REV. GRANT
LIVINGSTON TO BE TRIED IN ABSENTIA,
ALONG WITH BRUCE BALFOUR
ON AUGUST 11TH,2003
cLICK HERE FOR report

Comment to Lebanese Authorities Reading this Page:
Both Bruce Balfour's and Grant Livingston's motivations
come from a much higher authority than any earthly state.
Their defense is based on the Judeo/Christian Scriptures
in the Bible, and on the legacy of human rights and freedoms
that flow from that scriptural heritage. That is why we let the
Words of our God, be a prominent part of our defense.
The Bible is our Holy Book and the Holy Book of a large host of
Lebanese people as well.
We revere it, and seek to understand it to the best of our ability.

"And through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed,
because you have obeyed me."
- God talking to Abraham in Genesis 22:18