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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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Learning from a Distance: the ABTS Online Program

In 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 Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) will begin to provide online classes for our current residential students so they can complete their training from the safety of their homes.

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Family to Gather

Having been encouraged by a friend to attend, on Saturday, January 11th Rana set off for the Family to Gather event that was taking place at the ABTS Moore Conference Center that day. Hoping to find support in the midst of the political and economic crisis happening in Lebanon and keep her family strong despite all of the uncertainty and anxiety it produced, she brought her husband, nursery-aged son, and 8-year-old daughter along with her. What happened for her family there, however, was beyond what she could have hoped for.

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BBS

Alice Wazir: Leading BBS Forward

This year, BBS is adapting to a number of significant changes. To accompany the start of a new school year, LSESD decided to sit down and chat with Alice Wazir, BBS’s new principal. 

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BBS Prayer Request

Recognizing ExcellenceThis 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 BBSThe Beirut Baptist School was preparing to slowly...

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School Beyond Walls

Not 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 Baptist School (BBS) did over the last 3 years.

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BCYM

BCYM’s Camp in a Box is Out of the Box!

Not letting the pandemic hold them back from sharing the Good News with kids across Lebanon, BCYM has successfully distributed 517 boxes via 30 channels, the majority of which were sent to specifically cater to children affected by the explosion.

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BCYM Camp in a Box

BCYM has launched the Camp in a Box in order to share the love of God with vulnerable children during these troubling times.

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Leading by Example

We 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 may live life with Christ.

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An Unexpected Answer to Prayer

Disappointed 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 Lorne Park Church was surprised to learn that their visit was nevertheless an unexpected answer to a struggling pastor’s prayer.

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DMAH

The Book of Revelation – a Comfort in Extraordinary Times!

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 certainly the case for one reader, who was aided by our recent publication of the first two parts of Dr. Imad Shehadeh’s commentary series on Revelation.

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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

The 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 severely impacted the most vulnerable.

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Drops in the Desert

The 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”, humanitarian needs have never been greater.

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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

SKILD: Comforting Distressed Kids

In response to the trauma many children experienced during the Beirut blast, SKILD is jumping into action to minister to their emotional and psychological needs in a fun way.

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The Cause for Inclusion Goes Virtual

Nine 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 independence. Hiding your child with special needs was the norm. Whenever you took him or her out meant that you were going to be shamed and ridiculed. The SKILD Center is a dream come true for its founder, Dr. Nabil Costa, also a parent to a child with special needs, and for many educators, specialists, and visionaries.

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Life on Lockdown

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 knock at our doors. Among the many challenges we are facing, the main psycho-emotional one is finding creative ways to cope with our stress.

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Devotions

Blessed Are the Meek, for They Will Inherit the Earth

After 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 virtue. However, perhaps ‘meek’ could be better translated as ‘disciplined’.

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Updates

On A Journey Of Hope

Thank you for the generosity you have shown over the last two weeks in partnering with us to strengthen the witness of the Church in the midst of the crisis in Beirut. Here's an update on LSESD's response: 40+ families are being provided with temporary housing in the ABTS residences along with...

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Explosion in Beirut, Pray with Us!

Dear friends, We greatly appreciate your concern and prayers. Lebanon has recently had more than its share of challenges, including: A serious refugee crisis as Lebanon hosts around 1.5 million Syrian refugees such that 1 in 4 people is a Syrian refugee, and 1 in every 3 is a refugee. As a result,...

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