“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.
For four years, Habib has served as the video and graphic designer at LSESD. Even though he has a full-time job and serves at church, he is keen to learn more about the Bible.
This month, we’ve collected first-hand interviews of female Arab writers, parents of special needs individuals, a Syrian parent, a Kurdish student, and Middle Eastern pastors. We hope you take the time to really hear the stories of these often-marginalized voices, just as our Father God hears.
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.
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.
Uncertainty, when laid at the feet of Jesus, can blossom into strengthened faith and reassurance. This issue of Thimar reveals how a season of waiting has turned to joyful, new beginnings.