Local and Global Partners

Taku and Katie Longkummer:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAABC missionaries serving in North East India.  Katie provides worship and counseling training to churches and shares her skills in missionary training.  Taku works with the mission secretaries of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India to provide the pre-field and in-service training to the missionaries; equipping churches to better support their missionaries; visiting and providing pastoral care to the missionaries on the field.

Memorial Baptist Church is part of the financial and prayer support network for Taku and Katie and their ministry in India.

Resurrection Church Beirut

Hadath (31)RCB is a congregation in Beirut, Lebanon which is engaged in a variety of ministries that care for the spiritual and physical needs of people in surrounding neighborhoods.  Memorial’s connection with RCB began in 2011, when Dan and Sarah Chetti helped Pastor Brian Hastings plan a period of sabbatical study at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dan connected Brian with ABTS and with pastor Hikmat Kashoueh of RCB (then known as Hadath Baptist Church).  The congregations have remained in contact, offering mutual prayer support and assistance for various ministries.  In 2013, a team of three from Memorial Baptist Church and pastor Max Ramsey from Immanuel church in Brookfield, WI, attended the Middle East Conference sponsored by ABTS and continued to build relationship with RCB.  An area of special current focus is gathering support for their growing ministry to refugees from the Syrian Civil War.

Dan and Sarah Chetti:

Dan_Sarah ChettiDan and Sarah Chetti, International Ministries’ first missionaries in the Arab World, have been serving in Lebanon for over a decade – and have continued to serve through the Israel – Hezbollah fighting and the recent ‘Arab Spring’ and “Arab Winter.’

Dan is an Adjunct Professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut – an institution preparing leaders for ministry primarily across nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa. He teaches History of Christianity & Historical Theology. In addition, he is a member of the Faculty Council, mentors students, and does research & writing on contemporary Christianity. Dan is currently promoting a strategic ministry concept called Arab World Initiative.

For the last few years, Sarah has been pioneering a ministry among foreign migrant women working as maids in Lebanon. There are 300,000 foreign ‘maids’ labouring in Lebanon, a small nation with just 3 million population. Sarah  ministers with the help of 3 other ladies.  She visits and ministers at two other prisons, including one in Tripoli. She now runs an integrated Centrefor Domestic Workers — INSAAF: Justice and Compassion of Jesus — at Resurrection Church, Beirut.   In cooperation with other organizations, Sarah advocates for the rights of the ‘maids’, fighting injustice, and human trafficking.

Memorial Baptist Church partners with Dan and Sarah Chetti to raise awareness of the situation in Lebanon and the ministry opportunities and needs in the region, particularly by continuing to build a relationship of mutual support with Resurrection Church, Beirut and the work of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.