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Learning from a Distance: the ABTS Online Program

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14Learning From a Distance By Jad TabetThe ABTS Online ProgramIn the current world of social distancing, we are more than ever called to be the salt and light to others around us. Starting April 8th, we at the...

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When Tempted to Flee, Stand

Wave after wave of violence has threatened to extinguish the light of Christ in Iraq as the country has been vacated of over two thirds of its Christian population since the early 2000s. And yet, at least one pastor and his congregation can be highlighted as having stood firm in the face of the temptation to flee and chosen to shine as bright lights in the impending darkness.

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Is There Hope?

After two weeks of mass demonstrations, road closures and a resigned Prime Minister, the fate of Lebanon hangs in the balance as the country faces the unknown.

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ABTS: Pray for Returning Students

ABTS’s first-year students are beginning to arrive in Lebanon! We are excited to have them join our family. Pray with us that their transition into our community will be smooth and blessed. Pray that God will give us the wisdom to guide them and that the time they spend here be fruitful and...

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BBS

BBS Students at Risk of Not Being Able to Finish Studies

This BBS has stepped up its scholarship program to help students affected by the economic crisis Lebanon is passing through. Meet some of BBS's students who have benefitted from BBS's tuition assisstance made possible by donors like you!Meet RamyRamy is a first-grade boy who has been at BBS since...

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BBS Prayer Request

Recognizing Excellence This year, the Beirut Baptist School obtained 3rd prize in a regional reading competition for the number of books read between March 22nd to April 23rd. Let’s hear it for our outstanding BBS students! Bravo! Please Pray for BBS The Beirut Baptist School was preparing to...

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School Beyond Walls

School Beyond Walls By May-Lee MelkiAn Update on The Beirut Baptist SchoolNot always do we get to tangibly experience the impact of the investments made in a program so quickly. Adopting a wide and robust digital infrastructure through Microsoft classrooms was the best thing that the Beirut...

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This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass By May-Lee MelkiAll they could do was pray“You have taught us to pray when we don’t know what to do and need God to help us,” said a group of students to Mrs. Alice (Co-principal of academics at BBS). It had been a painful week for these high school students after hearing of...

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BCYM

Leading by Example

Leading by Example By Dana HaidamousSpreading the Light that Shines in the DarknessWe are taught from a young age not to be anxious about anything but to pray and thank God for everything we need. And we, in turn, instill this hope along with God’s promises in our children and youth so that they...

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An Unexpected Answer to Prayer

An Unexpected Answer to Prayer By Emily HoppinOur Plan B Was God's Plan ADisappointed by the cancellation of the Baptist Children and Youth Ministry (BCYM) Children’s Camp that they had flown all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to help out at, the Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) team from...

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DMAH

The Book of Revelation – a Comfort in Extraordinary Times!

DMAH brings comfort to the arab world in hard times“So thankful for these 2 books that comforted me especially in the difficult time we went through.”The book of Revelation in the Bible is not, perhaps, the most obvious example of a comforting read during times of crisis. However, this was...

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DMAH: Pray for Multiplying Bread

Just as food is important to us, so is ‘feeding’ regularly on God’s Word. At Dar Manhal al Hayat (DMAH) we offer a range of daily devotionals to help people meet with God every day. We are especially excited about a devotional for girls that we plan to publish soon. Please pray that our...

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A Heart for the City

The Gateway Bookshop is much ‘more than just amazing books’.  From hosting internationally acclaimed authors, to providing a place of quiet contemplation, our retail bookstore now offers a host of options in addition to selling books and gifts. 

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MERATH

Love in the Time of Corona

Love in the Time of Corona By Sophie NasrallahYour help can save livesThe coronavirus is now officially spreading through Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria, as well as in other countries in the Middle East. This follows a harsh winter and unprecedented economic and financial crises that have already...

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Drops in the Desert

Drops in the Desert By Sophie NasrallahMay God’s Light Shine in the Syrian DarknessThe war in Syria is far from over. Since early December, over one million people from the Syrian province of Idlib have been displaced with nowhere to find refuge. In other places that are considered “safer”,...

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Welcoming Displaced Children in His Name

The Syrian crisis has dragged hundreds of thousands of children away from their homes and communities, forcing them to live in places where they face harsh living conditions, are deprived of educational opportunities, and do not feel welcomed. In this challenging context, our partner churches are answering their calling to welcome vulnerable children and their families and care for them, giving them a chance at a more hopeful future.

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When Tempted to Flee, Stand

Wave after wave of violence has threatened to extinguish the light of Christ in Iraq as the country has been vacated of over two thirds of its Christian population since the early 2000s. And yet, at least one pastor and his congregation can be highlighted as having stood firm in the face of the temptation to flee and chosen to shine as bright lights in the impending darkness.

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SKILD

The Cause for Inclusion Goes Virtual

Over 900 join SKILD for Virtual National Day By Daniella Daou Continuing the Fight for Inclusion Despite LockdownNine years ago, an inclusive Lebanon was a dream of many parents with children whose special needs denied them access to educational opportunities, social experiences, and economic...

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Life on Lockdown

Life on Lockdown By Daniella DaouSpecial Needs Families in Times of Crisis Household dynamics shifted as we entered new times where social distancing, online learning, and working remotely became the norm. With the new living conditions and constant negative news, anxiety and stress are bound to...

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Night to Shine 2020

Fifty stars, fifty dreams, fifty chances for a bright future, if we only give them the right spotlight. Just like diamonds in the rough, young men and women with special needs are buried under mountains of neglect, shame, and social segregation, waiting for their light to be revealed and illuminate the world.

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For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

Smiles, crowns, genuine tears, and renewed hope: this is what we witnessed this year at SKILD. As our kings and queens were crowned at February’s Night to Shine, they walked down the red carpet into their kingdom, the kingdom that Jesus called them into, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The peace and joy planted in our hearts by the smiles on the faces of children with special needs and their families was the fuel we needed to continue the year.

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Devotions

Blessed Are the Meek, for They Will Inherit the Earth

Blessed Are the Meek, for They Will Inherit the EarthBy Emily HoppinAfter having mourned over our sins, we are, as a natural consequence, humbled into being meek, a term few people use these days especially since being humble and gentle towards others is perceived as more of a weakness than a...

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, for They Shall Be Comforted

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, for They Shall Be ComfortedBy Wissam NasrallahIn a time when the corona virus is wreaking havoc on our healthcare and economic systems, we all need to hear good news, to be comforted and reassured. On the surface, this beatitude fits the job description of a blanket...

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A Journey Through the Beatitudes

Even 2000 years after it was first taught by Jesus, the “Sermon on the Mount” is still revolutionary; it is a revolution not against the powers that be, but a revolution of the heart and mind. It represents what John Stott calls a manifesto, albeit a condensed one, for a “Christian counter-culture” that illustrates the way of life in the Kingdom of God. The same Kingdom Jesus was proclaiming in chapter 4 saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” v.17.

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Updates

A Country on Its Knees

A Country on Its KneesBy Wissam NasrallahIn October 2019, many Lebanese took to the streets in a festive manner with dancing and chanting to denounce mounting economic pressures and demand political accountability for three decades of corruption and mismanagement of public resources. This time...

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Let Us Reflect the Hope of the Resurrection

Let Us Reflect the Hope of the ResurrectionBy Nabil CostaThe news these days seems like a doom report. At times I feel so overwhelmed by the weight of the devastation and grief that many must be experiencing around the world. According to the WHO, at the time of this writing, over 1.6M people have...

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9 Years in the Syrian Cauldron

update9 Years in the Syrian Cauldronby wissam nAsRallahAfter nine years of war, we had hoped that the worst was behind us. However, the most severe humanitarian crisis since the beginning of the war is currently unfolding in Idlib, a province in Northwestern Syria, following efforts by the Syrian...

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New Cabinet, Same Old Story?

For a city that has prided itself as one of the best destinations for nightlife in the Middle East, the battlefield-like scenes broadcasted on national TV over the weekend of January 18th – 19th and January 22nd were quite the change from the usual glitz and glamour of Beirut’s party scene.

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