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.
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.
Lebanon’s economic crisis —considered by the World
Bank as one of the worst in the world in the past 150
years — left no aspect of society untouched. Below is a
quick snapshot of how different crises combined to reach
the current state of instability.
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.”
“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.
Rev. Dr. Elijah Brown and his wife Amy traveled from the USA to Lebanon this January to visit pastors and churches across the country. Brown is the General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and close partner of LSESD.
Within the first ten minutes, excitement bubbled in my soul as I recalled my mission work in Beirut, my study-abroad experience during college at the American University in Cairo, and my love for the people in the Arab world.