LSESD’s Six Branches of Ministry Empowers the Church in Lebanon

God is opening doors in the Middle East through the work of local Christians. One ministry that supports that work is the Lebanese Society for Educational & Social Development, or LSESD.

LSESD works through many different programs to support the local church. Wissam Nasrallah, Chie  Operations Officer for the ministry describes its mission.

“LSESD’s role or mission is first of all to empower the church. We do most of our programs through the local church. This is really our focus. We don’t want to replace the church, but we want to come alongside it, empower it in different ways so that it might be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ within the local community.”

LSESD’s integrated approach to ministry is carried out through its six arms and allows it to reach a variety of people in different situations. Nasrallah provides a quick overview of their ministries.

Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS)

“The goal of ABTS is to train leaders in the Arab world for ministry in different fields,” Nasrallah says.

The evangelical seminary trains students from at least ten countries around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These students train to go back into challenging local contexts equipped with the good news of the Gospel to serve and mobilize their churches.

Dar Manhal Al Hayat (DMAG)

Dar Manhal Al Hayat is a publishing house that provides Christ-centered Arabic resources to Christian communities around the Middle East. Its goal is to equip the Church, proclaim Christ and encourage Gospel-shaped living through Christian and educational resources.

“We basically publish resources publish theological and spiritual resources in the Arabic language, either by translating English resources to Arabic and adapting them – of course – to our local context, or by encouraging local authors to write.”

DMAH currently publishes about 20-25 new titles each year.

Baptist Children & Youth Ministry (BCYM)

“The goal of BCYM is to serve vulnerable and refugee children through spiritual camps, 3-day camps, follow-up events and pastoral home visits, tent visits – if you want to call them, where we engage with these youth on a more spiritual level.”

Building relationships with kids and helping them discover their value in the Eyes of God is a primary focus of the ministry.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert