Serving in Lebanon
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. His desire is to equip and empower students with sufficient tools to develop their understanding of the Old Testament and to learn how to apply it in their Middle Eastern and North Africa setting. Emad is also developing resources and models for ministry in that context. While both Emad and Almess are involved in mentoring students in ministry and leadership skills, Almess will also explore opportunities to work with Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Emad was born in Egypt where he was a high school teacher and later a pastor. Almess was born in Iraq where she earned her BA in accounting. After immigrating to Canada in 2005, Emad worked as a support worker, and Almess as an interpreter. Together, they served among the Arab immigrant community around Waterloo, Ontario. They have two young boys Timothy and Nathaniel.
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Benyamin and Magi, earning Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees, respectively, traveled to Lebanon from Egypt three years ago with their two small boys to begin a seminary journey that would prove to be characterized by the unexpected. They were surprised by the challenges they faced as they sought to balance their roles as students and parents, and were discouraged enough early on to often consider returning home. They now encourage new students to endure and not give up, because of the value of the seminary experience. They were also surprised by some of the
Another well-loved student who walked across the graduation stage last week, Namir*, is recently engaged to another ABTS graduate and eager to return to his home country and apply the equipping that he received during his seminary journey. Having spent three years in Lebanon accomplishing the Bachelor of Theology degree, Botros dreams of being instrumental in establishing a fruitful home group ministry and engaging in church planting. Although home groups for the purpose of discipleship are uncommon in his home country, he had the opportunity to lead in this ministry in the local Beirut church where he
We hope you are enjoying your summer so far. Ours has been good after the very busy month of June at ABTS and the boys’ year-end exams. We are enjoying good weather this summer. Today we have a clear blue sky and fresh air. As you know, this is our first summer here in Lebanon and so, it has been an adventure to figure out how people spend their summer around here. We had an adventure when we went with three other families from the church on a one-day camping trip alongside the river in southern Lebanon last week.
As you know, one major aspect of my ministry is to develop resources for ministry in Islamic context. I praise the Lord for the opportunity that I have at the moment to be involved in a writing project titled Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam with The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford. The goal of this project is to develop a new series of biblical commentaries from and for Islamic contexts. The purpose is “to uncover and publish how the Bible speaks into Islamic contexts so as to provide Christians and churches who function in
As a family, we have begun to feel settled in. The boys finally began adjusting to school and have been making new friends. What they really like the most here is the church, which is great. This is because they got to know some other kids at the same age, and the Sunday school is offered in English. Having said that, there are some days when they come back from school very frustrated. Thankfully we now have a good French tutor who comes to our home, which is a huge help for the boys. They also get their frustration