Thursday, March 18 2010, Nabil Costa, spoke at Westover Church in Greensboro NC and talked about working in the Middle East with Arab Christians. “It is a very unique part of the world and we are blessed as Lebanese Baptist Society to be involved in serving the church in Lebanon and the Arab World through spiritual, social and educational development,” Mr. Costa said.
Like any other part of the world, the Middle East North Africa has its share of challenges, and Nabil noted the importance of education as a key factor in making a difference: “Our K-12 school academy, aided by an active Bible and Counseling department, seeks to prepare students in mind, body and spirit to meet the challenges of the world around them. Indeed, the Beirut Baptist School, with its mixed student body of around 1,300 is an oasis of tolerance and understanding”.
In partnership with churches such as Westover Church, the Lebanese Baptist Society (LSESD) annually organizes several camps for children that are both spiritual and recreational in nature. These camps are co-led jointly by local youth leaders and members from the partnering churches, working together with Lebanese children from various backgrounds – churches, schools, social centers…
Nabil, who was called to ministry from the business field, spoke of Arab lay and church leaders – men and women from at least 9 countries in the Middle East North Africa – receiving training at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in response to a calling for effective service. Upon graduation, they go back to their respective countries and serve, each according to their gifts, in diverse ministries.
“This is being complemented”, said Nabil, “by resourcing the Arab church with much needed Christian resources in the local language. We do so through Dar Manhal Al Hayat publishing house.”
ABTS’ Institute of Middle East Studies plays a local, regional and global role through its annual Middle East Conferences (3rd week of June) that are organized with the purpose of bringing about positive transformation in thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Arab World and beyond.
“We seek, with God’s grace, to brighten the corner of the world where we are. And we can only do so through the support of visionary friends and partners”, said Nabil, the Executive Director of the Lebanese Bible Society who also serves as Vice President of the Middle East Bible Outreach, a 501 (C ) 3 corporation located in Atlanta, GA.
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