Ruth Is a Beacon for Jesus in Beirut School

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By Tim Allan, SIM UK Bombs and violence are a daily reality for some people in the Middle East but by no means all. Ruth has lived just outside Beirut for the last six years and works as a physics teacher at a long-established evangelical school in Lebanon. It has more than 1,600 pupils, aged from three to 18, and more than 270 staff, including teachers, therapists, administrators, and cleaners. It sits on a large hill overlooking the Lebanon mountain range, while the vast array of Beirut skyscrapers and the glistening Mediterranean Sea lie behind. It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a school which is a beacon for the gospel in a country of many different faiths. Ruth, who teaches in the secondary school, says: “The school was set up in 1860 and is openly Christian. Every child who comes here is taught the Bible and goes … Read More

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Mission Together As I read the email, the depth of my incredulity increased with every line. The reason for my disbelief was a request that I pray about the possibility of leaving Carachipampa Christian School (CCS) in Bolivia for a year to help out at Sahel Academy, SIM’s school in Niger, West Africa. It was only eight months since I had returned to Bolivia from home assignment in the UK and the prospect of having to pack up my belongings yet again was not an inviting one. I first arrived at CCS as a Science teacher in 1991, became headteacher in 1997 and Bolivia has become my home. I produced a long list of sensible and perfectly valid reasons why I could not possibly leave Cochabamba to go to an unknown school in a totally alien culture. Despite this, I felt it only right to pray about the request, only … Read More