The Near East School of Theology, known as NEST, is located in Beirut, Lebanon. A long-standing partner of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, this small Reformed theological institution trains 90% of the protestant pastors in the Middle East, keeping alive the faith in the region where Christ was born and taught. Its commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship attracts talented young women and men for leadership in their church and creates Christian community in a minority environment. In a region with collapsing economies, a record numbers of refugees without safe haven and violent clashes in many cities, it is a beacon of hope.
During this worldwide crisis, Dr. George Sabra, President of NEST, reports that the devaluation of the Lebanese currency and border restrictions and fear which will reduce the number of international students, has put the seminary in a precarious situation. But he added: “We have hope that we can pull through with God’s help and the support of our network of friends. After all, this institution made it through two World Wars and crises in the region, including a 15-year-old war in Lebanon.”
We can help NEST continue to shine the light of Christ in a troubled world.
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