BY: Mufid Nagib, National Director
This year’s graduation, the twentieth, is the first after Faith Institute became accredited by Middle East Association of Theological Education (MEATE), last April. It is also the first graduation after the separation of the South. This time the number of students graduating was 14. It was a joyful occasion though the absence of our brothers and sisters from the South left its sad impression on us. Graduates families, church leaders and members joined us to celebrate this occasion.
One of the graduating students shared her testimony: “What stands as something special before me all the time is the love and care I found from the Faith’s staff. My life has experienced great transformation during these three years. Ministry for me before joining Faith was one of the most impossible things for me to take part in. I was so timid to talk to people. Through the outreach and different ministries I participated in my fears are broken and now I feel free to share my faith with others. Because of the culture in which I live, my understanding of the nature of Christ was distorted. The courses on doctrines helped me to solve many things I considered mysterious in the Christian faith.”
We are undertaking a massive project for reviewing, editing and improving the quality of our courses. This is a step forward towards upgrading to a Bachelor’s level in 2017. This includes adding application and reflection questions for each lesson. Some courses will be merged together and other new ones will be added. Jackson, a graduate of Faith who holds Master’s degree from Lebanon Baptist Seminary is in charge of this project. Pray for wisdom and inspiration as he reviews the courses and work on them. He and I meet for three hours weekly for consultation and follow up.