MENA

April 16, 2015

Middle East Consultation 2015 – Identity and Belonging in the Middle East & North Africa

The Middle East Consultation 2015 – Discipleship Today: Identity and Belonging in the Middle East & North Africa, 15 – 19 June 2015, will focus on specific opportunities and challenges related to “identity” and “belonging” that face followers of Jesus within the MENA context. These challenges are particularly important given […]
March 26, 2015

Retiring Tired Myths about the Modern Middle East

By Jesse Wheeler Thanks to the advent of social media, my access to Western media sources is nearly as good (perhaps even better) than it would be were I not an immigrant living in Beirut, Lebanon, just another sign of the ever shrinking world we inhabit. Yet in my readings […]
December 18, 2014

“If You Pour Yourself Out for the Hungry”: A Call to the Church amidst the Ongoing Suffering of Syrian Refugees

By Ashley Wollam* “But where will I get food for my children? What can we do?” It was one of the few moments I was glad that my Arabic is still far from fluent. One of my Lebanese brothers or sisters on the ministry team would have to find the […]
November 26, 2014

There Are Happy Stories, Too!

By Kathryn Kraft* I love a good story. Stories can make me laugh or cry, burn in anger or melt in love. I tell stories when I’m trying to make myself understood, and I understand other people so much better when they tell me stories. So I am always on […]
November 6, 2014

Video: MRel Students Share about the Program’s Impact on their Ministries

The Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel in MENA Studies) program is a unique and innovative multidisciplinary program of IMES based at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon. In the videos below, four MRel students living and ministering in the Middle East – […]
October 30, 2014

A Kingdom Reality-Check in the Middle East Crisis

Jesus was all about his kingdom. The first declaration of his public ministry was “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” He communicated the nature of it in parable and story. His miracles demonstrated its authority over every sphere of life and he called his disciples to abandon […]
July 3, 2014

Tearing Down Walls to Build up Bridges

By Sara Obeid Loose-fitting Mottos I have often found it difficult to reconcile the seeming (yet ultimately superficial) contradiction between interfaith work and personal religious conviction. On the one hand, I have always held to such noble mottos as “tolerance,” “celebrate difference,” “openness,” and “Christ-like love.” On the other hand, […]
June 26, 2014

Middle East Consultation 2014: Real Stories of Discipleship in the Middle East and North Africa

Last week marked completion of the Middle East Consultation 2014 – Discipleship Today: Following Jesus in the Middle East and North Africa that took place from 16 – 20 June. This year we were pleased to have an unprecedented number participants, 170 in total, who came from all over the […]