Saturday, March 8, 2014

Well, bags are packed, passport and ticket are on the table by the door, and the car is filled with gas. The only thing left to do is to start the trip.
Josh Caballero and I are returning to Lebanon over this Spring Break, but we are not going to the orphanage where Calvary has served the last three summers. This trip, we will be working with the Beirut Baptist School. 
The Beirut Baptist School is a private school located in what is now a predominately Muslim neighborhood. It educates 1200 students K-12th grade, who are mostly Muslim. All students are required to take Bible classes. In most of the Middle East, parents want their children to attend a private school due to the superior quality of education compared to the public government schools.
Last year, one of BBS’s students had the highest score for the whole country of Lebanon on the International Baccalaureate Final. The school also had the highest percentage of students pass this same test which is given in all Lebanese schools as a final exit exam.
Josh will be presenting drug and alcohol education programs and I will be working with the school nurse.
This type of work will be a different challenge for us compared to our church’s previous and ongoing work with the children at the orphanage. There are a lot of details expected of us that we will not know till we get there.
 We want to thank all who have made this trip possible with your generous donations. We continue to ask that you support us in prayer, so that we can be open and flexible to however the Lord leads. We want to do what we can to be faithful Calvary Baptist Church ambassadors in service to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Lebanon.

Tim Smith

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