In college, I studied physiotherapy, and right after my graduation, my husband and I got married. Prior to marriage, I shared with him the vision I had for years, and to our surprise, he was receiving the same call on his life. After we got married, God opened the door for our ministry in another country. Our first trip there was an evangelism trip for two weeks.
In 2010, we moved there and served at a discipleship school that prepares servants for ministry among their people. I was able to serve with my degree as a physiotherapist at a center next to the school. In the afternoons, my husband and I would go out for street evangelism among Muslims.
Throughout our ministry, we felt the need for more knowledge of the Word of God. People around us encouraged us to study theology, and then we met a person who told us about studying at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon. I am in the Master of Divinity program, and he is pursuing his Bachelor of Theology degree.
I love to study the Word of God, and the more I get involved in ministry, the more I realize how I need to grow in knowledge of the Word. Studying theology will also allow God to shape me as a servant.
The courses I took as a first year student were very important in the effectiveness and success of our ministry. For example, I was provided with very practical tools to use in preparing a Bible study meeting. I consider these tools very important, since my ministry involves carrying out Bible studies with young women. I also have the opportunity to access ABTS’ rich library. If I were to study on my own in my home country, I would not have had access to this variety of books, references and topics.
Coming to Lebanon with my husband to study theology or even giving time for theological education seemed impossible for us to do, but knowing that we are supported by an Overseas Council scholarship gave us the opportunity to be full-time students and have the courage to take such a step with two children. This training is allowing us to have a broader vision in ministry.
I treasure being able to have a ministry among Syrian children in refugee camps here in Zahle, Lebanon, as part of ABTS’ compassionate care ministry. I always heard about the devastating conditions in which the refugees lived but never experienced what it was like. I am very encouraged to see all the children so responsive to our message, “All are invited.” My husband and I have also been carrying out home visits and Bible studies with families.
When we go back home, I will return to serve among 20 young women at my church. The ministry includes Bible study, mentoring, prayer and discipleship. The girls build each other up in these meetings, and they take out whatever they learn at the meeting to share it with other young women at their high schools or universities. I will also carry out medical visits and relief ministry to rural areas with my church since I have studied physiotherapy. I work at a public hospital back home, and I know God wants me to be light at my workplace because I am the only Christian there. Since it is forbidden to share the Gospel with Muslims in my home country, I knew my actions had to speak of my faith; therefore, my ministry is to be a living example of God’s love and faithfulness.
Last year, a woman who wears the niqāb (face veil) in my department at the hospital came up to me and asked why I am so faithful to my job. She told me that everybody was wondering why I come on time and leave on time unlike everyone else. This had allowed me to tell her about my faith and my faithful God, so she was very touched and open to know more about Christ.
We are not certain where God is taking us after our studies, but we have faith that He is guiding us in every step for the coming three years of our studies. Please pray for a clear calling to our lives, be it in our home country or anywhere else, so we hear God’s voice clearly and not depend on what makes us comfortable. Please also pray for the Syrian refugees and others we are ministering to. Thank you!
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