Rupen and Mamta were appointed by CBM in 2009 to serve in Lebanon. At the beginning of 2015 they were reassigned to work with CBM’s partner, the European Baptist Federation (EBF) based in Amsterdam, where Rupen serves as a consultant for Mission and Development. In this new role he assists member churches and Baptist unions across the EBF region to address humanitarian and social needs as part of their integral ministry and witness. The focus right now is to help local churches respond to the refugee crisis. As part of his role with EBF, Rupen is on the faculty of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre (IBTSC) where he teaches in the area of missions. Rupen continues as a Senior Advisor to CBM’s International Programs department and assists in capacity building and organizational assessments for our Field Staff and national church partners around the world. Mamta has a background in teaching and with home schooling their children when they lived in remote locations. She has the gift of friendship and hospitality, as she lovingly cares for those around her.
The Das’ have two adult children, who are married with families.
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Faith Lessons From the Field
One of the highlights of the past few months was a visit to northern Norway to attend the Executive Committee meeting of the European Baptist Federation (EBF). CBM has considerable input into the ministries of the EBF through the youth leaders training program that Jeff Carter designed and leads, and the refugee coordination and capacity building of some national Baptist unions (conventions) that I facilitate. The meeting was at the invitation of the Baptist Union of Norway and was held in Sommarøy, beyond the Arctic Circle. The setting was absolutely stunning with the sea, fishing inlets, and mountains with
Compassion is a powerful force. Stories of compassion are often found in places of tragedy and suffering. These are the locations of wounded and broken people. Members of a small Baptist Church in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon know about compassion. They saw over a million Syrian refugees pour into their country - desperate people who were fleeing the bloodshed and violence of their country. Most Lebanese citizens did not want Syrians in their communities. They remembered the brutality of Syrian soldiers during the occupation of Lebanon from 1976 to 2005. The massive influx of refugees posed a threat
Thank you for praying for my trip to Turkey. Along with the leadership of the European Baptists, our objective was to assess the situation of the refugees in Turkey and determine how we could support the Turkish Baptist churches as they respond to the humanitarian needs as part of their witness to the Gospel. The Turkish Baptists are the newest members of the global Baptist family with four churches, having been formed as a convention only two years ago. Since then they have planted three new congregations. All the churches are predominantly believers from Turkish Muslim backgrounds.