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ABCNJ @Live – Elie Haddad, Part 4

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ABCNJ was blessed to have Elie Haddad come to the region and share his work and hopes for communicating Jesus in the Arab World. Before he departed for home he was able to sit down with Dr. Spitzer in our @Live studio. Check out part 4 of the conversation now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=234QMKdl460&w=500&h=281&rel=0

ABCNJ @Live – Elie Haddad, Part 3

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ABCNJ was blessed to have Elie Haddad come to the region and share his work and hopes for communicating Jesus in the Arab World. Before he departed for home he was able to sit down with Dr. Spitzer in our @Live studio. Check out part 3 of the conversation now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEb2_XpUzGs&w=500&h=281&rel=0

ABCNJ @Live – Elie Haddad, Part 2

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ABCNJ was blessed to have Elie Haddad come to the region and share his work and hopes for communicating Jesus in the Arab World. Before he departed for home he was able to sit down with Dr. Spitzer in our @Live studio. Check out part 2 of the conversation now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ3W0i8CL38&w=500&h=281&rel=0

ABCNJ @Live – Elie Haddad, Part 1

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ABCNJ was blessed to have Elie Haddad come to the region and share his work and hopes for communicating Jesus in the Arab World. Before he departed for home he was able to sit down with Dr. Spitzer in our @Live studio. Check out part 1 of the conversation now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaqd-5Qnrfc&w=500&h=281&rel=0

Baptists in the Arab World – A dinner conversation

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The ABCNJ GoGlobal task force and the ABCNJ Academy are delighted to co-host a special dinner conversation with Elie Haddad on Monday, June 1st. Elie is the President of Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. American Baptist Missionaries, Daniel and Sarah Chetti, also serve at this school. The dinner will take place at Chesterfield Baptist Church, beginning at 6PM. The dinner is free, though reservations are required to attend. Please click/tap the button below to make your reservation on EventBrite. Reservations close May 27, don’t wait too long!

Pastors who attend will receive ABCNJ Academy credit, but attendance is not limited to pastors! Lay people are most welcome to participate in this unique and powerful event.

A free will offering will be taken that evening to offset the cost of the meal and provide an offering for the work of Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Elie Haddad Biography

Born and raised in Lebanon, Elie immigrated to Canada towards the end of the civil war in Lebanon in 1990. He worked for 15 years in Toronto as a senior Information Systems & Management consultant.

During his work, Elie felt called to ministry and so enrolled in a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto alongside his involvement with the Middle East Baptist Church in Mississauga where he served as a member of a lay pastoral team.

In 2005, Elie and his wife Mireille felt called to return to Lebanon, where - as a missionary with the Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) – Elie joined the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) serving as Provost until 2008 when he became President.

Elie, currently pursuing a PhD in missional ecclesiology at the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) in Amsterdam, has a heart for the mobilization of the Church.

The Reeds Join The GoGlobal 30 Club

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This week the GoGlobal Task Force voted unanimously to add IM missionaries David and Joyce Reed to our GoGlobal 30 Club. The Reeds join Ann and Bruce Borquist, Carlos Bonilla and Mayra Giovanetti, and Stan Slade as beneficiaries of the club's work. We are very excited to have them on board! David and Joyce have served in La Paz, Mexico where they worked with pastors and church leaders in new church development. They are currently in the United States preparing to begin a new phase of ministry in IberoAmerica and the Caribbean in the area of Spiritual Formation and Renewal.

While in the US the Reeds are available to come and speak at your church or church functions. You can contact them by using the form below.

The GoGlobal 30 Club is a monthly offering for which participating churches are asked to give at least $30 monthly towards these missionary endeavors. New contributions are most welcome! If you or your church would like information on the GoGlobal 30 Club please reach out to me through my contact page.

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Reaching Out To Children in Costa Rica

In July, members of First Baptist Church of Westfield and First Baptist Church of Arlington participated in a mission trip to Costa Rica. The group of 14 adults, young adults and teenagers helped with a children's Christian camp geared towards unchurched children between the ages of 7-12. Local leaders ran the camp while financial support, supplies, transportation and scholarships were provided through fundraising efforts of the two ABCNJ churches. Health kits and other supplies were taken by the mission group and shared with the children and their parents. For the majority of the children this was their first Christian Camp experience. Parents were later invited to a meeting to discuss what their children learned at the camp and the importance of raising a child in the Christian faith. They were also encouraged to continue building their child's faith through church attendance and by tending to their own spiritual nurture.

If you would like more information or to view a video of the trip please contact First Baptist Church of Westfield or contact Rev. Sue Royle but using the form below.

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ABCNJ and Haitian Baptists Take First Steps Toward Sister Church Relationship

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ABCNJ and the Haitian Baptist Convention have taken the first steps in fashioning a cutting edge sister church relationship! Rev. Emmanuel Pierre, General Secretary of the Haitian Baptist Convention, along with Rev. Ronel Mesidor (a pastor from the Port-au-Prince area who also serves the Convention in its Development work), have spent the last two days (Friday/Saturday - June 22-23) in New Jersey.  On Friday, they visited Baptist Camp Lebanon and spoke with our new summer camping staff.

Camp Director, Don Smith, led us on a tour of the property and then shared the inspiring story of the Green Cathedral.

 

On Saturday, a number of ABCNJ team members, church pastors and lay leaders gathered at the Living Word Baptist Church in Beachwood to discuss the Sister Church relationship we hope to establish with the Haitian Baptist churches.  Unlike many other sister church projects, in which first world churches are valued for the monetary support they can provide, this sister church ministry is based on the following 3 principles:

1.  The focus is on the developing of authentic and long lasting friendships that are mutual and based on a spiritual equality.

2.  The purpose is the sharing of wisdom and other spiritual gifts in a spirit of openness and humility.

3.  Joint mission endeavors will embody the principles of equality and mutuality.  Haitians pastors and lay members will serve in New Jersey settings (such as at Camp Lebanon), even as we will work hand in hand with them in Haiti.

 

About 15 ABCNJ churches have indicated an interest in participating in this ministry, but we can certainly take on more churches!  If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, please contact Rev. Sue Royle (ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for GoGlobal Ministries), Rev. Dr. Edgard Nicolas (ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Haitian Ministries), Rev. Ken Cadette (ABCNJ Coordinator for this project), or the region office.