The testimony of Sana Nassar from Lebanon

date: 11.03.2015.

Sana Nassar from Lebanon took part in the 22nd International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Leaders of Medjugorje Prayer and Charity Groups. Sana is the founder of the charitable organisation called “Friends of Mary, the Queen of Peace”, with the primary goal of following and spreading the messages of the Queen of Peace from Medjugorje. She came to Medjugorje in 1986, for the first time and in 1996, she organised the first pilgrimage to Medjugorje with her family and a group of friends. A pilgrimage that was supposed to be only for friends and family has turned into a pilgrimage for all Lebanese people, since more than 76 000 people have arrived in Medjugorje thanks to a group of around 60 volunteers. More than 400 priests and 9 bishops have come to Medjugorje accompanying groups of pilgrims. The office of their organisation is located in the building of Lumiere Television, being the only Catholic Christian television service in the Middle East. “I believe this mission was born when I arrived in Medjugorje for the first time. After I returned to Lebanon, I told my parents that we needed to form a prayer group because that was Our Lady’s invitation. We began to pray the Rosary every week with the members of our family and friends, even though before this we never used to pray together. Our mission is not only focused on pilgrimages to Medjugorje. We also organise conferences about Medjugorje in our parishes, we translate books from Medjugorje and we spread Our Lady’s messages to 24 Arabic countries. Every year before the Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions, we organise a Novena and we pray for peace, united with Medjugorje in spirit. During that Novena, we have constant 24 hours of prayer every day. We pray the Rosary and we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Many priests have started to organise the Medjugorje prayer programme in their parishes now. There are many fruits of Medjugorje in Lebanon, such as numerous healings, conversions and priestly vocations”, said Sana.