Greetings from Our Family

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 out by playing music: Nathaniel is continuing learning drums and Timothy guitar. We pray these days for the boys that they may understand the purpose of being here in Lebanon, and grasp what God is doing in their lives through this experience.

Almess is still finding her way around here. Of course, she is busy with the kids. Almess also was helping a couple of Syrian families throughout the process of immigrating to Canada. Thank God they have already arrived to our beautiful country. We are personally so proud to see the whole country as well as many churches generously welcoming Syrian families. They deserve this kind of support.

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.

It is hard to believe that Easter and spring are almost here. May the victory and joy of our Resurrected Lord be imprinted in our hearts and lives. May He renew your strength like eagles over the spring. Our family wishes yours a Happy Easter.

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