Mississauga, Ontario – Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) announces the departure of Global Field Staff Rupen and Mamta Das, effective December 30, 2017. The Dases have served with CBM since 2009 when they were appointed to serve in Lebanon. Rupen played a key role in the development of the Syrian refugee relief response by CBM’s church partner, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). His extensive experience in the area of global disaster relief was a tremendous asset in the creation of the project.
At the beginning of 2015, the Dases were reassigned to work with CBM’s partner, the European Baptist Federation (EBF) based in Amsterdam, where Rupen has served as a consultant for mission and development, providing assistance to churches within the EBF to address humanitarian and social needs as part of their integral ministry and witness. Rupen has also served as a Senior Advisor to CBM’s International Programs department and assisted in capacity building and organizational assessments for our Field Staff and national church partners around the world.
After much prayer and consideration, Rupen and Mamta have discerned that it is time to move into another chapter in their lives. Rupen has accepted the role of National Director of the Canadian Bible Society, an organization which seeks to promote the translation and use of Scripture around the world. Their head office is located in Toronto. The Dases will be returning to Canada in December to make the transition.
CBM is grateful for the service of the Dases during their time as Field Staff. Says CBM Executive Director Terry Smith, “God has providentially put Rupen and Mamta in very unique and strategic places in order to help effect kingdom change. They moved to Lebanon weeks before the start of the Syrian civil war that has seen Lebanon become the host of 1.5 million refugees and he helped navigate a culture shift within the LSESD, our partner in the Middle East. Their relocation to Amsterdam corresponded to a time when our European Baptist partners became very involved in refugee settlements and peace-building in Ukraine. While we will miss the Dases here at CBM, we know that God will use them in a unique and strategic manner in the future.”