History
Having the Voice and Called to Share the Good News, we are blanketing the Globe with Jesus ✝
Nizar Fares’ first release in 1996 with "Jeitawi Hospital’s Choir", was followed by "Jesus My Joy" group in 1999, then "Agapée" Choir in 2000. Along with these albums, many of his recorded hymns were collected in his first religious album, "On You I Depend", in 2001. 
As his voice and ministry became known, many churches began inviting Nizar as a soloist during evenings of worship, often accompanied by a local youth choir. Since that time the ministry has spontaneously grown, and one of its first goals was to guide people into prayer through hymns of worship, and invite them to deepenth their relationship with the Lord.

Holding a PhD in musicology has opened doors for Nizar to engage as a lecturer in universities, colleges, and seminaries on several occasions. Many of those seminars were organized in dioceses, parishes and churches, where he addressed and tutored musicians, musicologists, choir conductors, worship leaders, soloists and choristers. Education and Talents are the tools, but the Lord is the goal.

The main medium of communication of this ministry was music, and since 1999, over 800 Christian songs were produced, that reached all children, teenagers and adults, from different backgrounds, ethnicities, even different religions. But with time, many other doors were opened in miraculous ways. Consequently, hundreds of other media contents were shared, hundreds of worship and prayer events were organized and attended, many refugees' camps were visited, several international philanthropy activities were embraced throughout years. It all led to create a seed sowed into the Kingdom, a new non-profit organization; Nizar Fares Global Ministry (NFGM).

While this is just a history of the ministry, and as some of us were called for inner change, doors are open wide to investing in changing others’ lives by bringing the Good News of our Savior Christ for distressed people and nations. Today, the war is becoming exponentially fierce both spiritually and physically. We are witnessing an unprecedented expression of evil in people. We are -more than ever- called to witness for Jesus; the manifestation of God in flesh!

Lately, NFGM has been burdened to visit more refugees' camps in the Middle East (Northern Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, etc). Simultaneously, God is opening doors with refugees in Europe, such in Slovenia, Austria, Netherlands, Germany and others. And we are led through prayers and networking to help families to legally relocate into safer shelters.
Dear reader, the politicians’ speeches are everywhere, the field work needed is truly elsewhere. The work set ahead of us is huge. Today, we invite everyone reading this brief, for a potential world-changing choice and experience; ”The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." Luke 10: 2.

While training and equiping young students, we always mention this idea: "maybe we are far from being heroes, but heroes were someday just like us!". If some extremist groups are fighting today fueled by hatred, we are fighting fueled by the Holy Spirit -the Living God!-, and we are never afraid to fight on the frontline, and that's what NFGM has been doing for the last couple of years...

Ephesians 4:13-15 states: “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Vision, Mission, Faith Statement
Our Vision

Providing every Arabic speaker with opportunity to respond to the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of His Gospel.

Our Mission


We have a voice, we have Faith. While we are singing that faith, we aim to bring Hope to every listener. Our mission is to:
- Share the Gospel with every Arabic-speaking person
- Bring the Hope of the Gospel to hurting people through media and field work
- Intertwine professional Christian Music with the Transforming Message of the Gospel
- Reproduce successful laborers; the future harvesters
- Educate, Train and Equip the next generation of musicians/ministers to creatively serve the Creator
Our desire is to introduce our audiences, both live and via audio recordings, to the matchless name of Jesus! Whether through hymns, songs, devotions, preaching, and prayers interwoven throughout the events, or the sharing in each other’s life experiences and testimonies, we seek God’s glory and praise Him for His work in our lives.
Our commitment is to encourage, support, console, equip, train, pray for and with, and reach out primarily to the Arabic-speaking Community worldwide. Included in this circle are Christians from all denominations, non-Christians from Indonesia, India, Afghanistan, in addition to Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa—potentially reaching 2 billion children, teenagers and adults.
An early—and continued—guiding principle has been to recognize that this ministry seeks to serve an Audience of One. Our goal is to serve the Lord and fulfill His Great Commission rather than seeking praise from man. Bringing glory to Jesus Christ alone is the reason we live, thus all of our music, resources, and talents speak of Him.

Our Faith
 Statement

We believe that the church is the body of Christ and acknowledge the many different parts, including those across denominational lines. Thus, we accept invitations from all who will allow us to come and exalt the Word of God and the God of the Word.

We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. We believe the Old and New Testaments to be the infallible Word of God; inerrant as originally given, verbally inspired by God, the complete and sufficient revelation of His will for salvation and conduct. We believe in the Great Commission; to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. Amen.

Testimony
"...and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high" Ps. 7: 17
I was born to a Lebanese family renowned for its love of the arts and music. My birth year coincides with the eruption of the war in Lebanon: 1975. I was just two and a half years old when my father died, so my mother bore the responsibility of raising my younger sister and me. She took a job and was thus able to enroll us in a private boarding school. Beginning with preschool, I spent my first eight school years with the Nuns of Charity.

Although I had a Christian upbringing, the notion that “Jesus punishes naughty boys” accompanied me throughout my youth. Despite my continuous reading and studying of Bible verses, the verbal warning “If you misbehave, Jesus will strangle you in your sleep” motivated my behavior.

Musical talent first emerged in my childhood. According to my grandmother (1—see footnotes), my first performance was at the age of three. I joined the school’s Church Choir (2) at age five and remained in it during all of my school years. Once I moved to La Sages School in Beirut, I also joined their choir but continued my membership and participation in two parish choirs. Thus, I sang in both the children’s choir and the adult choir where I was the youngest member.

In 1988, war broke out again causing schools to close and businesses to stop. All movement was halted. Consequently, I couldn’t participate in the two choirs (3), so my friends and I joined the Jeitawi Hospital Choir since it was relatively close to my house. The choir trained in the lecture hall at the hospital. Entering that hall for the first time in September 1989, I was surprised to see their slogan —“God is Love...Emmanuel...God is with us.” This idea was utterly different from my notion of God. I believe that my spiritual awakening actually began in this choir, for I began to experience and understand Jesus in a new way that was foreign to me. I learned about a love of God which was active in our daily lives (4). God was pursuing me, but I still allowed my growing talent and recognition to guide my heart.
I started out in the hospital choir as a soloist and was later entrusted with the office of choir treasurer. In 1994, I was voted choir conductor and fulfilled these responsibilities for eight years (5). 

After graduating from high school, I attended the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon majoring in agricultural engineering and graduating in 1998. While still an undergraduate, I began studying oriental chant in 1996 at the USEK school of music.
My friends encouraged me to participate in “Studio el-Fan 1996” which was the most famous talent show at the time. I competed and took a gold medal in 1997, launching my “journey” as a singer. In addition to my studies in engineering and music, I also worked as a “classical” secular singer for four years in opera houses in London, Paris, Tunisia, Cairo, and many other well- known venues. Despite the fact that I knew even then that there is a mission and message in the arts, I worked and studied day and night primarily to please my ego.

In July 1999, I was invited to give two concerts in an Arab country. Upon my arrival, I was surprised to discover that I was also to give a performance for the president. I enjoyed the most wonderful ten days (6)—the rising artist was treated like a king! Then, the tables turned when for the following thirty days, I was inexplicably detained in my hotel room. It was like being under house arrest, and I feared for my life! My only option was to be patient and to have faith. Although I was allowed to make some phone calls to Lebanon, the Bible was truly my only companion during those lonely times. The Lord was getting my attention. I thought often of my own mortality, but only by the grace of God was I able to remain calm and strong during that month. In early August, I was miraculously returned to Lebanon under extraordinary circumstances. I received a call from an anonymous member of the president’s cabinet who told me that if I wanted to live, I had 30 minutes to get out of the hotel and to the airport. He had bought me a ticket to Lebanon, and God enabled me to make the flight!

For six weeks after my return, I suffered a mental and emotional breakdown. Only the gospel and the Word of the Lord kept me company and gave me comfort (7). 

Despite the difficult times, I relentlessly pursued my reading of the Bible. One night in September, I read Matthew 6: 26-30. I had read that passage dozens of times before, but it was on that night that the Lord chose to save my soul! I contemplated the passage and prayed, saying:
“Lord, my Creator, You knew me long before I knew myself. You have bestowed upon me all my talents, and they are many. You know my needs and ambitions. If you could feed the birds and dress the lilies—and since I am made in Your image and am more valuable than a bird—then surely You know what is best for me. So from this day forward, I put myself into Your Hands and proclaim You Master of my life. Do unto me what You may, and I will accept Your will.”

I happily cried myself to sleep. I awoke the next morning with a feeling of peacefulness and forgiveness I had never known before. I was unaware of the biblical concept of being “a new creation in Christ,” (1 Corinthians 5:17) yet I knew that this is exactly what I had become.

One week later, I recorded three hymns with “Jesus Ma Joie”: Ad’uka Rabbi (I Call You Abba), Aynaka Tanzhourou Ilayya (Your Eyes Watching), and Nashid al Makhloukat (Hymn of Creatures). These hymns have enjoyed great success among Christian youth.

A month later, I became member in the Agape Choir while still maintaining my involvement in the other choirs—the Kaslik University Choir and the Jeitawi Hospital Choir.

A few months later, I was led to end my personal, secular music career. I broke my record contract which had resulted from my Studio el-Fan success, and pursued employment in agricultural engineering. A year later, I felt prompted to return to music. I started teaching music and began pursuing graduate study in music. With the grace and inspiration of the Lord, I answered a vocational call to sing hymns and to participate in concerts, spiritual meetings, and musical and cultural conferences in the Middle East, as well as in the five continents. I also made music videos of a number of hymns, as well as voice recordings of more than six hundred hymns and canticles, and songs. They were either compiled into fourteen personal albums or as parts of collections from other choirs.

Several years have passed since I yielded my life to the Lord’s hands. Today, I bear witness that God is the source of every grace. I have grown to realize that instead of pleasing one’s ego, one must ask the Lord to make him “a soft clay so He may mold him for His glory” and not for personal mortal glory.

God has always been with me, keeping me safe and protecting me before I acknowledged Him. He continues to save and protect me now that I know I am His child. I have experienced His love which surpasses the love of man. I now know that through believing in Him and living His Word, I shall be saved for eternity. Glory by upon Him!

Footnotes:

1. My grandmother tells me that I enjoyed singing and dancing around the old heater in the 
living room. During one of my usual exuberant “performances,” I burned my hand. I cried and refused to sing for a whole week because every time I thought about singing, I remembered my hand. I thank God that my refusal did not last long (although I gained a great respect for the heater and never had an encore performance of burning myself). 


2. I was well-known for my powerful voice even as a young boy. Sister Lucy made me sit right in front of her so that she could control me. Every time I raised my voice, she poked me to lower it. 


3. During the Lebanese War, civilians were especially endangered since the artillery was located in residential areas. Our parish church was 500 meters from my house. I used to go to church on foot and had to pass alongside a cannon. I happened to pass by it twice while it was being fired. This is why my family later forbade me from going to church. 


4. Sister Elham Geagea, the choir director—God bless her!—was a source for blessing in my life. She was a woman of faith, love, and charity. She modeled God’s Word in her life. She always encouraged us to read the Bible and to contemplate the Word of God for ourselves. 


5. Due to the war, when I joined the hospital choir, we had to hold long rehearsals on the days we could get to the hospital. Since school and work were canceled, we also used our times during these long sessions to make handicrafts and hold craft exhibitions. The proceeds from our efforts went to charity and orphanages. At times of heavy shelling, the choir members helped bring patients down to “our” lecture hall since it was considered the safest place in the hospital. Soon after, the hall became a grand choir with patients and nurses joining us in the singing of hymns, praising the Lord, thanking Him, and asking Him for mercy and help to tolerate and accept those difficult times. 


6. When I held the two concerts, the president liked my voice so much that he gave me a song he had written so that I could record it. He also promised to record me performing an album full of songs composed by the most eminent song writers and lyricists in his country. I met with several composers and writers, and the city studio was booked for the recording. In addition, a government car was in charge of my transportation during those ten days. Ten wonderful days for any singer, indeed! 


7. It was also during this time that I learned that the president had given me a financial reward (nearly half a million dollars) in addition to payment for the two concerts. It had been intercepted and by one greedy cabinet member without the president’s knowledge. Thus, he had detained me in order to conceal his ruse. Unfortunately, I did not know then that when you find truth though Jesus, the truth will set you free (John 8:32).
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