Arabic ministry has been part of Maranatha Chapel for 10 years. We are doing three things that the Lord has put on our hearts.
Save the Lost We have a vision to reach the lost in the community, and we do this by means of relationships. We establish new relationships while maintaining old ones. Our culture helps us with establishing relationships since the Arab community considers it important to show up at different occasions (death in the family, illness, etc.) By the grace of God, we try not to miss any of these special times of ministry by being social and loving. Many of these occasions have led us to start Bible studies in private homes. The hosts in turn invite others to attend. This has proven very successful for us.
It is much harder to reach the Muslim Arabs, but we walk through any door that the Lord opens for us. Mainly, the Lord has been using us in deliverance ministry to help others who are going through severe trials and difficulties. We really don’t have a typical plan, depending totally on the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Pastoring the Congregation We believe it is not only important to reach the lost but also to pastor and disciple them. We are directly involved in the lives of people to go alongside them and help them in their daily walk with God. With God’s help and grace, we desire to ease their suffering and the challenges they face in their spiritual walk. We believe when God’s people experience the care and the love of the grace of God, then they will be transformed and built up in Jesus Christ.
Cooperative Effort We have four congregations at Maranatha Chapel. We all cooperate together to communicate the Gospel to our community. Although we have different languages and services for each congregation, we unite the youth and children’s ministries and other ministries. We do this under the leadership and the council of our senior pastor, Doug Banks. Having been a former missionary to Mexico, Pastor Banks has a unique gift in understanding and relating to other cultures. God has blessed him with a special fruit of patience and love for all people, and we have been privileged and blessed to be a part of Maranatha Chapel. We unite with a cooperative effort with the senior pastor, the church staff, the Leadership Council, and the congregation to accomplish what the Lord has asked us to do—spread the Gospel to the World.
Pastor Nader Kawar
Arabic Ministry Pastor