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.
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.”
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.
“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.