Middle East Consultation (MEC) 2018

As you all know, June is the most busy month of the year as we hold our annual Middle East consultation as well as celebrating with our graduates.
Through the course of MEC 2018 (18 – 22 June) we will work toward discerning a Biblically grounded theology of Islam and religion which constructively informs the Church in its thinking, attitude, and approach to ministry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Participants and contributors at MEC 2018 come from across the region and the world, providing a unique opportunity to reflect upon the critical challenges of Islam, religious diversity and Christian witness in light of scripture and the study of religion.  Emad will be leading a devotion as well as facilitating some of sessions. A group of Canadian pastors will be joining us this year. Please pray for God’s discernment as we work towards developing a Biblical understanding of Islam.

Ministries at ABTS Teaching

I (Emad) just finished teaching a course: Intro to the Backgrounds of the Old Testament. This was my first teaching experience this year. After being here for about 6 months, I strongly feel that this is the right place where God wants me to be. I enjoyed the teaching experience very much, and the time I spent with students outside the classroom is very valuable in that it gives me the opportunity to help students applying the knowledge received in the classroom into their lives and ministries. This is what really gives me the most joy. May the Holy Spirit shape the lives of students through His Word and our conversations.

Mentoring

Teaching is not the only thing we do at ABTS. As a Seminary, we have developed a Mentoring program that aims to “nurture the holistic development of emerging Christian leaders currently studying at the seminary, through spending quality time with an established ministry leader who is able to support their personal, ministerial, and spiritual development, and challenge them to faithfulness and effectiveness in service.”

I am personally mentoring two students from Egypt and Sudan: Maher and Malik. We usually spend our time sharing our lives together over a cup of coffee. But unfortunately, there is no Tim Hortons around here! I am however able to survive on baklava and Arabian coffee, which is yummy too. We value the quality time Almess and I spend with students, and we keep it as a top priority on our schedule. So, please ask God to use these conversations as an effective tool in shaping students’ life.

Almess is also involved at ABTS in two different ways: leading English Circle Group among students every Wednesday, and mentoring two ladies from Egypt and Yemen. Please continue lifting Almess before the Lord that He will guide her steps, find joy in whatever she does, and to be in a good shape physically since lately she has been feeling a bit weak.

Ministries at ABTS Teaching

I (Emad) just finished teaching a course: Intro to the Backgrounds of the Old Testament. This was my first teaching experience this year. After being here for about 6 months, I strongly feel that this is the right place where God wants me to be. I enjoyed the teaching experience very much, and the time I spent with students outside the classroom is very valuable in that it gives me the opportunity to help students applying the knowledge received in the classroom into their lives and ministries. This is what really gives me the most joy. May the Holy Spirit shape the lives of students through His Word and our conversations.

Mentoring

Teaching is not the only thing we do at ABTS. As a Seminary, we have developed a Mentoring program that aims to “nurture the holistic development of emerging Christian leaders currently studying at the seminary, through spending quality time with an established ministry leader who is able to support their personal, ministerial, and spiritual development, and challenge them to faithfulness and effectiveness in service.”

I am personally mentoring two students from Egypt and Sudan: Maher and Malik. We usually spend our time sharing our lives together over a cup of coffee. But unfortunately, there is no Tim Hortons around here! I am however able to survive on baklava and Arabian coffee, which is yummy too. We value the quality time Almess and I spend with students, and we keep it as a top priority on our schedule. So, please ask God to use these conversations as an effective tool in shaping students’ life.

About Emad & Almess Botros

Emad and Almess were appointed by CBM in January 2015 to serve at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon, where they first met and studied. Emad serves as a lecturer in the areas of Old Testament and Islamic studies at ABTS and developing resources and models for ministry. While both Emad and Almess are involved in mentoring students in ministry and leadership skills, Almess also explores opportunities to work with Iraqi and Syrian refugees.

Learn more about the Botroses