I N V E S T I N G I N P E O P L E T H R O U G H E D U C A T I O N D E V E L O P M E N T D I S C I P L E S H I P & R E L I E F HADATHBAPTIST BAPTIST CHURCH HADATH CHURCH
Welco HADATH BAPTIST CHURCH WAS FOUNDED IN 1964. 2014 WAS OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY.
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It is great to know that we have friends and partners
HBC seeks to respond to the incredible needs around
all over the world who are eager to partner with us in a
us. This includes; caring for those who have fled con-
variety of ways.
flict in neighbouring countries: providing hope, love and community, as well as medical and relief supplies; seek-
Hadath Baptist Church is a growing missional church,
ing to educate and train Lebanese and Syrian young
located in a highly strategic part of Beirut, Lebanon.
people who are likely to drop out of school; providing a
Our church borders a number of communities that
place of fellowship and teaching to all who would join.
represent the religious and social diversity of Lebanon. HBCâ€™s vision is to love God and to love our neighbours.
Rev. Dr. Hikmat Kashouh
We believe in partnership. Through working together we can see God's kindgom come and His will be done in Lebanon, in the Middle East, and beyond.
OUR MISS ION At the heart of any church is the recognition that we are
House groups are emerging within these communities,
involved in God’s mission.
supported by members of HBC! People are coming to faith in Christ, not because of the practical help they
We are committed to being used by God to bring peo-
are receiving, but because they are witnessing love in
ple to Him across the Middle East and North Africa, to
action. Many Syrian refugees are now attending Hadath
see the Kingdom of God made known and lived out in
Baptist Church on a regular basis, and growing in faith.
the lives of individuals and communities from all backgrounds. With the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-
God is doing an amazing work in spite of the dreadful
20 we strive to make disciples. We do this through small
events taking place in the region. Beyond Lebanon, HBC
groups and church planting, as well as through our vari-
is supporting church planting ministry in North Africa.
ous relief and development activities. PLEASE PRAY Given the ongoing refugee crisis in Lebanon, one of our main focuses is bringing much needed love, care and assistance to those most in need - the poor, marginal-
who we encounter, whatever their need.
ised and oppressed, the widows and orphans, of which
• For the refugee community, who are suffering be-
there are too many! Much of this work takes place in the
yond belief, and that we may be able to offer hope,
area of Naaba, a significant hub for migrant workers and
through our loving actions.
the refugee community. We serve among families and individuals who are: Syrian, Iraqi, Kurdish, Palestinian, Armenian, Assyrian, Ethiopian, Egyptian and Lebanese! 4
• That we will truly represent the gospel to those
• For those who find faith in Christ, that they will be strong despite very difficult circumstances.
FAMILY COUNSELING & PARENTING
HBC is fortunate to have a num-
HBC is a large extended family
As with any church pastoral care
ber of medically trained members
and we seek to include everyone.
is a central element in all we do.
and friends within our community.
Launched in 2011, our Family and
We have a diverse community, with
Recognising that meeting people’s
Couples Ministry seeks to help our
differing pastoral needs. As such
physical and medical needs is an
members model healthy Christian
we rely on our members to care for
important element of sharing and
relationships within marriages and
each other through a range of ac-
demonstrating the whole gospel
families. By strengthening these
tivities and initiatives. Our Pastoral
message, we seek to support those
bonds we not only model Biblical
team plays a vital role in visiting the
with significant medical needs.
and Christlike family relationships,
sick, the elderly and those in need,
Many people are unable to pay for
we model Kingdom values that at-
praying with and for them, and
medication they and their families
tract others into our wider family.
demonstrating love. The team also
need. Coupled with regular visits to
This works in practice by our team
participates in condolence visits
the homes of those in need, our vol-
offering support and counselling
and funerals. Small groups also play
unteers are able to identify medical
to couples and individuals through
an important role in providing pas-
needs, and if possible provide some
personal meetings and regular re-
toral care. HBC has a system to en-
level of support. HBC also works in
treats and workshops. We want to
sure everyone has people who are
partnership with a local NGO to fa-
see God honouring relationships
responsible for ensuring they are
cilitate an occasional ‘mobile clinic’
within our community, which also
cared for. Please pray that everyone
model Kingdom values.
will feel loved and cared for.
LEARN ING SUPPORT PROJECT The Hadath Learning Support Project helps young peo-
By having both Lebanese and Syrian students together
ple who need significant additional input if they are to
we are also breaking down social and religious barriers
succeed in education and life. The aim is to provide high
that have divided generation in the past. With Jesus as
quality and affordable education to those who may oth-
our example, we are seeking to build peace and recon-
erwise drop out of schooling. The project runs five days
ciliation, by helping young people develop deep friend-
a week for three hours a day, providing tuition, home-
ships with those from other communities.
work support, life-skills training, IT classes and exam preparation support, as well as social activities. The project serves both Lebanese students from Hadath and Syrian refugee young people from Naaba - an area of Beirut with a large refugee community - who are either not in school or who are at risk of dropping out of school. This is a critical issue, as not achieving in education has massive negative implications for the future. Social workers, as well as supporting the young people in the project, visit the homes of the students and build relationships with their families. Hope is being demonstrated in a very practical way.
PLEASE PRAY • That the right young people will be able to attend. • For the staff and students of this project. • That the LSP will have a significant impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities. • For the breaking down of social, religious and cultural barriers and hatre. • For our Sponsorship Program to both sustain, develop and improve this vital project.
MAIN WOR SHIP HALL God has been incredibly faithful to us as we contin-
Given the rapid growth taking place at HBC it is not sur-
ue to work towards completing the HBC building.
prising that we have outgrown our current worship hall
We anticipate the building becoming a hub for the
(basement). We are already running two Sunday morning
local community, offering a wide range of services
services as there is not enough space to fit all our mem-
seven-days-a-week. The building is already used every
bers, friends and visitors. We anticipate this growth con-
day, but there is so much more we could do with
tinuing as people find their home with the HBC family.
a finished building. Completing the main worship hall would enable us to build further links into our
As a result we need an appropriate space for regular
neighbourhood and community.
worship, teaching and fellowship meetings as well as other large services such as weddings, training and
Having the Childrenâ€™s Ministry Floor and the Youth and
mission events. We want HBC to be a truly accessible
Community floor have already enabled us to facilitate
place for all members of society, including those with
a range of exciting mission focused projects, such as
Mainly Music, and the Learning Support Project, both meeting real needs of the communities they seek
Finishing the main worship hall will free up
to serve. We are moving in the right direction, but still
the basement as a venue for new mission activities.
have a lot of work to do to complete the wonderful building God has blessed us with.
The opportunities are almost limitless!
SITU ATI ON Lebanon and neighbouring countries, are living one of the biggest humanitarian crisis of recent times. The massive influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon have strained all elements of the countryâ€™s fragile infrastructure. There is no hiding or ignoring it, the crisis is here, on our doorsteps. HBC has chosen not only to aknowledge it, but to respond to it in many different ways. We have welcomed into our family increasing numbers of Syrian refugee families who are finding hope, love and salvation in our midst and we have different projects and ministries that aim to help and support those most in need.
1.024.063 479.058 1.3 million
Million refugees registered in Lebanon. The true number is even higher (many do not register for fear of political persecution).
Children under 18 affected by the war, residing in Lebanon.
Lebanese people affected by the influx of refugees. Refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities vie for increasingly scarce resources.
Numbers & Figures: 16 April 2014 - UNCHR, United Nations Refugee Agency
HBC RET REAT Each summer the HBC family retreat for four days into the beautiful mountains of Lebanon. This is an important time of the year for us all, as we come together for worship, teaching, vision making and the deepening of
PLEASE PRAY • That God will continue to speak powerfully during this time of retreat.
relationships. It is the chance for all our diverse family
• That as many people connected to HBC will be
(literally people from all corners of the world, from differ-
able to attend each year, including those from the
ent social, cultural and religious backgrounds) to get to
various ministries connected to HBC.
know each other more and demonstrate what it means to be a family. This is a great opportunity for you, our friends and partners to visit us, to get to know us, to enjoy Lebanese hospitality, and gain a deeper vision for what HBC is doing as it seeks to build God’s Kingdom here in Lebanon and beyond.
• That people will grow in their sense of belonging within our church, and as a result participate more in the ministry of the church. • Pray that we may have enough funds so that those on limited incomes will be able to attend.
MAIN LY MUSIC Mainly Music is an exciting ministry that is drawing many
The leaders of Mainly Music are also wanting to develop
people into relationship with members of the HBC fam-
other types of support for parents, such as parenting
ily. The group meets at least twice a month and uses mu-
courses, social events and Bible studies.
sic, crafts, free-play, ‘snack-time’, parties and fellowship with mothers and their young children. Mothers from diverse social and religious backgrounds get to know and support each other, building self-confidence and share advice about motherhood and childbearing.
PLEASE PRAY • For the network of mothers and children that has developed and is always increasing. • Pray for the development of a committed team to
Having the Children’s Ministry Floor at HBC makes this
help with the leadership and for the potential for
a great place to be if you are a mum, or a child under
the group to become a weekly event!
the age of 3! Members of the HBC family witness to the love of Christ in natural and non-threatening ways, and the children have a great time of fun and learning within the context of a welcoming church. Regular parties also provide the opportunity to share the gospel, such as at Christmas and Easter.
• For resources to start a new group amongst the refugee community in Nabaa. • For deeper relationships and opportunities to share the love of Christ. • For wisdom on how to support mothers practically. emotionally and spiritually.
YOU TH & TEENS Within our ministry with teens we aim to grow young
ment activities and all sorts of other things. They are
leaders from within and beyond HBC, providing a safe
an incredibly active, and growing group. The goal of the
place where they can come and experience welcome,
Shabbibi is to equip young adults (18-25) to be effec-
fun, and an environment where they can share their
tive leaders in their own communities (spheres of influ-
problems and challenges. The teens ministry combines
ence such as university, work, home etc.) demonstrating
Christian teaching, worship, discipleship, entertainment
passion, intentionality and commitment to the Kingdom
and pastoral care for 13-18 year olds. It now also involves
ministry among those Lebanese and Syrian students of our Learning Support Project, as well as our growing Scout group. We also have a very cool ‘Youth Bus’, a customised 1977 VW bus which we have turned into a mobile youth centre. The bus has a TV, Playstation, great sound system, etc. and is fantastic for outreach with other young people.
PLEASE PRAY • That we will meet the physical,emotional, educational and spiritual needs of all the young people we serve, regardless of their age or background. • For the young people who have witnessed terrible things as a result of the regional conflicts - including
The Young Adults Group [Shabibi] are extremely active in all aspects of HBC. As well as their weekly meeting, which includes teaching, worship and fellowship, they are involved in small-group discipleship groups, evangelism, leading worship within the main HBC worship services, supporting our various relief and develop-
the civil war in Syria. • For funds to recruit and employ a full-time youth leader to support this diverse ministry. • That we will reach and disciple many more young people to become followers of Jesus.
SUN DAY SCH OOL One of the most exciting things about being a member
terrible civil war in Syria. Many of these children have
of the Hadath Baptist Church family is seeing the num-
witnessed unbearable events and loss. Our Sunday
ber of children who are growing up. Each Sunday we
School classes proved a welcome break from their very
have 80-100 children aged from a few weeks old up to
difficult lives, providing a fun environment where they
16 years of age. We work hard at making sure they feel
can learn about the love of Jesus for them, their family
included in our family both within the main worship ser-
and their country.
vices as well as their Sunday School classes. The aim is that our children ‘grow in wisdom, stature and favour with God & others’ (Luke 2:52). We teach and disciple children in creative and fun ways, using music, drama and fun activities to help them grow in faith. We use a curriculum that is designed to meet the social, educational and spiritual needs of different aged children (2-12 years) from HBC families and those from the local community. We also have a dedicated crèche room on the Children’s Ministry Floor. As with the rest of HBC, our children come from many different backgrounds, including a large number who have fled the
PLEASE PRAY • We thank God for the opportunities to demonstrate the love of God to children from different backgrounds through this ministry. • That we will develop deeper relationships with families in Hadath and beyond. • For our teachers and leaders, that we will be led by the Holy Spirit and be gifted by God to teach and model Jesus in creative and fun ways that transform children’s lives.
OTHER MINIS TRIES SENIORâ€™S MINISTRY Within the HBC family we are blessed with many seniors who bring wisdom and experience to our fellowship. Some of these people are unable to attend regular ser-
in the wider ministry of HBC. There are also many women who have fled the war in Syria who need care. SPORTS MINISTRY
vices at HBC, due to health and mobility issues. We aim
The HBC sports ministry serves many purposes as well
to take holistic (spiritual, emotional and medical) care of
as trying to keep us all fit and healthy. It provides the
people within the HBC family. This includes home visits,
opportunity to engage with other churches in friendly
Christmas food packages and regular activities. There
competition, as well as giving people the opportunity to
is always the need to provide much needed medicines
be a positive witness among friends. We want to have
for our seniors who cannot afford their own treatment
fun and live a healthy life. Some of us are more active
costs. This is something we are always keen to explore
than others of course.
how our friends and partners can help with. EVANGELISM WOMENâ€™S MINISTRY
Evangelism is part of the culture at HBC. We have a
HBC is blessed with many faithful women of all ages and
team who encourage and support people in their ef-
backgrounds. The leaders of this ministry seek to pro-
forts to share their faith with others, and make disciples.
vide a place for fellowship, pastoral care and counsel-
We are always exploring new and creative ways to en-
ling, teaching and worship among the women of HBC,
gage in evangelism, including using things like the mobile
through regular meetings, supporting them to be active
youth centre bus with young people.
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Throughout this document you will have seen that there
HADATH BAPTIST CHURCH
are opportunities to support the many ministries of Ha-
dath Baptist Church. All of the ministries mentioned
Hadat â€” Baabda â€” Beirut,
within this document, as well as others which have not
been mentioned really need your prayers. If you would like to find out more about any of these ministries please
get in contact with us.
Website: www.hadathbaptistchurch.org Newsletter: tiny.cc/hbcnews
Some of the ministries also have opportunities for our
Online Donation: www.giving.hadathbaptistchurch.org
friends and partners to support them in very practical ways, including through financial contributions.
Bank Account Details A/C Name: Hadath Baptist Church
We would be more than happy to discuss your poten-
A/C Number: 030/02/300/1500374/1
tial contributions towards our ministry through Skype,
Bank: Blom Bank - Hazmieh
email, or a telephone conversation. Please let us know
Swift Code: BLOMLBBX
how we can help you in this area. Our website also pro-
IBAN: LB 24001400003002300150037410
vides the opportunity for online donations.
Add.: Blom Bank, Damascus Road, Hazmieh, Lebanon
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Published on May 16, 2014
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