Serving in Lebanon
Elie and Mireille Haddad serve with CBM in Lebanon as Team Leaders for the Middle East and North Africa region. They help the team reach organizational ends by directing, coaching and empowering our Field Staff, and assisting our national partners in the accomplishment of our shared objectives. The Haddads promote their sphere of ministry both on the field and here in Canada, and they help shape the agenda for the future.
In addition, Elie serves as President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon. ABTS equips leaders for the Church in the entire Arabic-speaking world. Students come from as far west as Morocco and as far east as Iraq. Mireille serves with Heart for Lebanon, a Christian NGO that provides humanitarian aid and relief to marginalized people groups, including the ever increasing number of refugees who continue to enter Lebanon. Mireille works primarily among female refugees, caring for them physically, emotionally, educationally and spiritually. Both Elie and Mireille grew up in Lebanon before immigrating to Canada. Elie was a senior technical consultant in the field of information technology before he and Mireille joined CBM in 2005.
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The work of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary continues to be very strategic for the Church in the Arab world. Last June we graduated 21 students from the various ABTS programs. We had graduates from Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, and USA (in the MRel degree in English). Our Online Arabic program, which we launched last year, continues to grow. The current online students serve God in Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Yemen, and the diaspora. The Masters of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel) English degree continues