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. It was fun! We are also planning to join our church on a three-day retreat in August.
Like many, our life is structured around the academic year. The school year ends with exams and this was a “strange and stressful” activity for the boys. The school year went very well overall, and the boys did a great job with adapting to the school system and dealing with the stress of learning three new languages (French, Arabic and Spanish). Indeed, Almess and I are so proud of the boys. We thank the Lord for His help this year, and you for your faithful prayers for us over the year. We are very confident that this is an answer to your prayers.
It has been almost a year since we moved to Lebanon. When Almess and I look back, we have a strong sense that there is no better place to be at this time of our life as a family than Lebanon and being part of what God is doing at ABTS. This confirmation helps us to press on, not just in ministry but also as a family. Please pray that this sense of hope and courage will continue throughout the years to come.
Ministries at ABTS
The academic year at ABTS ended with two significant events: The Middle East Consultation 2016 and the Graduation Ceremony. You will find more on these two events in the following pages. But here I would like to share how we were excited to see the releasing of 21 workers to the fields. It has been a transforming journey for all of them at ABTS, and a delight to see how God has been preparing those godly men and women to go back and working with Him during this crucial time in our Region. We are sure that they need our prayers during this transitioning time in their lives.
Please join the apostle Paul and us asking that:
“[they] may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May [they] be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified [them] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:9-12)
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.