Dan and Sarah Chetti, International Ministries’ first missionaries in the Arab World, have been serving in Lebanon for over a decade. 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 and Historical Theology. He is a member of the Faculty Council, mentors students, and does research and writing on contemporary Christianity. Dan is currently promoting a strategic ministry concept called Arab World Initiative.
Sarah worked as the Librarian at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, reviving and reorganizing it after the long Lebanese Civil War. She expanded the holdings, classified and computerizing the entire library. She then trained and turned over the management of the library to a Lebanese lady.
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” laboring in Lebanon, a small nation of just 4.4 million. Sarah visits and ministers at prisons, including one in Tripoli. She now runs an integrated Centre for Domestic Workers, INSAAF: Justice and Compassion of Jesus, at Hadath Baptist Church, Beirut. In cooperation with other organizations, Sarah advocates for the rights of the “maids,” fighting injustice and human trafficking.
Dan and Sarah are very active members of the International Church in Beirut, a vibrant congregation with over thirty nationalities. Dan is a member of the Ministry Leadership Team; he preaches and coordinates Home Groups and Mission Outreach. The Chettis host one of the Home Groups weekly. Dan hosts a Men’s Prayer Breakfast twice monthly. The Chettis also participate in gatherings of cell churches of mostly Filipino maids; a few times a year, these cell churches come together for an afternoon of worship and fellowship.
As the Chettis serve in Lebanon, the times of war between Israel and Hezbollah and the “Arab Spring” and “Arab Winter” are moments of great challenge, yet opportune times in the Arab World. Please pray for the Chettis and their work in Lebanon!