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.
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.
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.
This issue of Thimar weaves together stories of endurance. Both the Maghdouche children’s camp and Nabil’s story of special needs advocacy only came after years of waiting and working. You’ll also hear how Lebanon’s recent election challenged our patience.
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.
“When I first saw on TV the news about Ukraine, I thought it was a movie. I couldn’t believe it. When I understood it was for real, it affected me very deeply.”
In this issue of Thimar, we highlight five different ways we can love God and our neighbors, whether through acts of compassion, work, counsel, studying scripture, or prayer.
“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.”
“Yes, I have thought about suicide.” Sadly, these words were shared at a Suicide Prevention workshop we were privileged to give at Beirut’s Haigazian University in November.