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Building Unity in the Beqaa

In this spirit of unity, 20 different churches and ministry institutions from the Beqaa Valley gathered in July to learn, exchange, and evaluate best practices for sustainable development.

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The Lord’s Fingerprints

Six months following the Beirut Explosion, ABTS has helped a number of families to get back onto their feet. Despite the hardships, the Lord is still working through this calamity.

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ABTS: A Shelter from the Storm

For many displaced victims of the August 4th Beirut Blast, the Lord has been using ABTS as a shelter. Injured, traumatized, and having lost everything, these people had no idea where they were being sent, just that they were going to a place that would host them.

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Housing the Homeless: ABTS Welcomes 70 Displaced Persons

With the Beirut explosion leaving approximately 300,000 people homeless, ABTS decided to open its arms and its residences to those in need. Upon hearing the shocking news, ABTS staff and partners jumped into action to repaint, remodel, and fix up their student dorms to house those whose homes were destroyed.

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BBS

We Pray For Calmer Seas

As Beirut Baptist School (BBS) steps into a new academic year, dichotomous feelings of excitement and anxiety encompass our staff.

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Your Family, Wherever You Go

On July 6th, Beirut Baptist School celebrated the senior graduation of 64 students! It was a joyous night, not just for the students, but the whole community. To reach this commencement stage, these students faced above average challenges.

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Staying Focused on My Call

“Yet I believe God placed me at BBS for a time such as this, and I believe He wants me to live with love, faith, and enthusiasm, not fear.”

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BCYM

A Long-Awaited Harvest: BCYM Summer Recap

Ministry work is often like gardening. You till the soil, plant seeds, faithfully water, but mostly you watch and hope for fruit. Then, all at once, when the weather is finally right, the garden seems to explode with new life.

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Ordinary People, Extraordinary God

Georgette Issa has been in a wheelchair since the age of one. For her, leaving the house is a tough and pricey task. Not only must she pay for rides, but she has to check if there is electricity, so she can use the elevator to move in her wheelchair.

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From Avoidance to Trust: Catholics & Evangelicals

On May 2, BCYM (Baptist Children and Youth Ministry) led a children’s event for over 170 youth! Invited by MIDADE Maghdouche and Abouna Chady, our team had the privilege to spend the day singing hymns, sharing Bible stories, crafting, and enjoying lunch with the community.

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DMAH

You Can’t Hide the Church in Lebanon

“It was a joy to get to know those brothers, it was a privilege, considering especially the difficulty that they face and pastoring in an environment with so many people leaving the country,” said Folmar, “Pastoral ministry is hard enough as it is, but to be pastoring in this kind of environment, I really respect those men.”

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The Voices of Arab Women

From February 4-5, Dar Manhal al Hayat (DMAH) hosted a writing workshop as part of their ongoing A Voice for Arab Women project—a three-year project that seeks to elevate the stories of women throughout the Arab world.

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Cultivating Disciples in the Arab World

Only 20 years ago, there were only a few hundred followers of Christ in the Middle East and North Africa region. Now, we’re seeing miraculous growth, even in times of war and crisis. In light of these changes, there is a critical need for discipleship training and spiritual resources – for both new and mature believers alike.

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MERATH

Building Unity in the Beqaa

In this spirit of unity, 20 different churches and ministry institutions from the Beqaa Valley gathered in July to learn, exchange, and evaluate best practices for sustainable development.

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“Sometimes We Don’t Have Food at Home”

On an early Monday morning in Anjar’s MERATH-supported church-based learning center, young Mazen came in with his classmates for a SKILD-facilitated session on psychosocial support. As part of a series on social emotional learning, that day’s lesson was on positively handling negative emotions.

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Where Does Our Help Come from?

Lebanon has been enduring a severe and prolonged economic depression, and it is hard to imagine that the situation could still get worse. Yet it does, every single day, and an even bigger storm is coming.

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SKILD

The Joy of Seeing Them Celebrated

Inside the hall of Saydet El Inaya church in Maghdouche, many families of children and adults with special needs and learning difficulties began to gather. Yet there was one family who caught my attention.

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Ideal and Beyond

“I am very excited to be at NDU. I will definitely do well on my first semester… Whatever [tests] Mrs. Lama gives me, I will do my best to get a perfect score…
I will do public speaking just like the TED Talks, so I am super excited to be at this university.”

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“Sometimes We Don’t Have Food at Home”

On an early Monday morning in Anjar’s MERATH-supported church-based learning center, young Mazen came in with his classmates for a SKILD-facilitated session on psychosocial support. As part of a series on social emotional learning, that day’s lesson was on positively handling negative emotions.

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Royalty in God’s Eyes: Night to Shine 2022

Every year in February, Night to Shine sweeps the world, bringing prom to individuals with special needs. It’s a joyful night to remind them that they are royalty in God’s eyes. With the support of the Tim Tebow Foundation, over 600 global sites hosted more than 100,000 individuals with special needs to illustrate God’s love for them.

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Devotions

From a Spectator Church to a Priesthood of All Believers

Instead of being overcome by despair, we realized that, in the same way Christ entered the darkness of our fallen world as “the light of men”, we need to be the light within the tunnel for those around us for “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).

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Updates

Appeal: Sustaining Light on Campus

Lebanon has been living at the mercy of power cuts by the state provider and rationing of private generators due to fuel shortages. Public electricity is only available between 0 and 2 hours a day, while diesel has been in short supply and at a very high cost.

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Where Does Our Help Come from?

Lebanon has been enduring a severe and prolonged economic depression, and it is hard to imagine that the situation could still get worse. Yet it does, every single day, and an even bigger storm is coming.

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8 Months Later

It’s been eight months since the August Port Explosion and what has Lebanon seen change since then? LSESD’s COO, Wissam Nasrallah, shares with us his thoughts on Lebanon and the direction that it is headed in.

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Newsletters

September 2022 Newsletter

In this issue of Thimar, we’ll share how different ministries are caring for children, youth, and their families in a way that impacts their whole mind, body, and soul.

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August 2022 Newsletter

In this issue of Thimar, we’ll share first-hand accounts from church partners of how God is working through the Beirut explosion assistance. You’ll also read about a recent capacity-building conference in Zahle, organized with an eye to long-term sustainability.

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July 2022 Newsletter

In this issue of Thimar, read how our community is holding us together. Parents and students celebrate graduation at BBS, pastors gather to study the 9Marks of a healthy church, IDEAL students meet for camp, and BCYM hosts an inspirational 3-day camp.

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June 2022 Newsletter

In this issue of Thimar, we explore what it means to practice child-like faith through the examples of a trusting refugee family, a curious theologian, and a grateful child. May we work together to reach out to the community, drawing every child to the deep love of the Father.

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