Acts 2 tells the amazing story of how devout men from every nation heard of the mighty works of God in their own languages, including many from North African and Middle Eastern people groups like the Egyptians, Libyans, and Arabians. The church began that day, among Middle Easterners. Sadly, the Middle East is now a place of continual conflict, that the church does not in large part engage with or understand.
We pray, through the words on this site, that you are encouraged to live out all Jesus commanded, to love our neighbor, love our enemy, and make disciples of all nations.
The Acts 2:11 Project exists to encourage the church to love her Middle Eastern neighbors and break down the barriers of fear, misunderstanding and bias. Conversations about the region, especially among Christians, usually center on periphery issues and result in disengagement, dehumanization, and the building of walls.
We desire to shift the focus to core issues in the region and champion the cause of the Gospel, the good news for all nations, by authoring and curating biblically grounded and practically relevant content and news.
Our Contributors are leaders from both Christian and Muslim backgrounds, East and West, with deep experience in the region who are unified in heart and action to see God exalted in the Middle East, and in Middle Eastern communities across the globe.
Dr. Michael Wittmer
Professor - Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Michael Wittmer lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Julie and their three children. He is Professor of Systematic & Historical Theology and Director of the Center for Christian Worldview at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Michael also preaches, writes books, and blogs at https://mikewittmer.wordpress.com/.
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Partnerships Manager at ABTS
Wissam al-Saliby earned a Master’s degree in International Law with specialization in Protection and Human Security in 2006 from the Law Faculty of Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France. He is the Partnerships Manager at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and has significant experience as a trainer in and advocate for human rights and humanitarian law in Lebanon and the Middle East. You can follow him on Twitter @lebanonesia.
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Dr. Tony Maalouf
Professor - SBTS & Author
Dr. Tony Maalouf is a professor of World Christianity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as an adjunct or visiting professor at numerous other institutions across the globe. His areas of interest in teaching include Arabs in biblical history and Muslim/Christian relations. Dr. Maalouf has written extensively on Ishmael, including a book titled “Arabs in the Shadow of Israel” about God’s plan for the line of Ishmael.
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Laurens De Wit
Author and Blogger
Laurens de Wit has worked in the Arabian Peninsula for 14 years. He was involved in many projects to serve Arabs physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Through his fluency in Arabic and his loving attitude, people opened up their homes and hearts to him and shared their lives.
Since his return to his homeland, the Netherlands, Laurens has been engaged with immigrant Arab speaking Muslims from Morocco to Iraq and from Yemen to Syria.
Lauren’s has a passion for a study of Ishmael in the scripture, and blogs at http://godlovesishmael.com/.
Laurens has authored a book in Dutch named “Rejected and Loved,” to help both Christians and Muslims discover God’s love for and plan with the Arabs. The book will become available in English in 2016.
Laurens is happily married and the blessed father of four children.
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Rev. Dr. Hikmat Kashouh
Professor - ABTS & Pastor
Rev. Dr Hikmat Kashouh is a professor of theology and history at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, and Pastor of Hadath Baptist Church, one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the Middle East. His church cares for hundreds of refugees in Beirut and has a dynamic leadership team making lasting impact in Lebanon. Hikmat is author of “The Arabic Versions of the Gospels,” an extensive research into hundreds of manuscripts from the 8th and 9th centuries, and writes and speaks frequently on several continents.
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Regional Director - Horizons International
Pierre Houssney is a Lebanese-American who grew up in the context of cross-cultural ministry among Muslims and international students. He is fluent in English and Arabic and has been in full-time ministry with Horizons International since 2006, playing a lead role in the development of the Engaging Islam and Cubs to Lions training curricula, and co-edited Engaging Islam.
Pierre has traveled to over 30 countries, and his field experience in the Middle East began when he spent summers doing outreach in Lebanon as a teenager. As a key part of Horizons’ teaching staff, he trains Arab and Western Christians for effective ministry to Muslims, and is active in missiological advocacy among the global missions community. Pierre is a team player, and loves to see new leaders thrive and work together to glorify God. He is well-connected to Lebanese churches and those who minister to Muslims in the Middle East.
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Ministering to women in the Middle East
Ashley al-Saliby is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Arts) who served on ministry staff at her home church in Texas for more than six years. She recently married and moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where she is beginning a Masters degree in Middle East and North Africa Studies from the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. Learning the beautiful Arabic language is a central priority in her life, currently, as she looks forward to increasing relational ministry with women and girls in the region. The love of Christ compels her in the desire to love her neighbors well in a new context.
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Dr. Imad Shehadeh
President - Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary
For twenty-one years Dr. Imad Shehadeh has brought hope in the midst of a land of conflict. He serves as Founder, President, and Professor of Theology for Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary which reaches out to twenty-two Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East, Arab Peninsula, and North Africa. Dr. Shehadeh has written extensively in both Arabic and English, been featured in numerous publications, on television, and has completed post-doctoral studies in Belgium and Edinburgh.
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Dr. Grant Porter
Lead Facilitator - Near East Initiatives
Dr. Grant Porter is the lead facilitator for the Near East Initiatives. He and his wife have devoted their lives to the region, staying and investing in leaders through war, turmoil and constant change. Grant has an MA from All Nations and a PhD from the University of Wales.
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Disciple Maker & Mentor
Daniel was born and raised up in the Middle East. After an amazing journey to Jesus, he served for many years with one of the largest mission agencies working in that region as an Acting Academic Dean, Curriculum Coordinator and Middle East Training Coordinator. During that time, Daniel was responsible for equipping future church leaders in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Sudan and Palestine.
He currently serves as a Discipleship Maker & Mentor with a leading ministry in the Middle East, equipping church leaders. His passion is to raise leaders across the Middle East who will live and lead like Jesus. Daniel is a blessed husband and a proud father to three lovely children.
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Managing Partner - Purpose Global Strategies
Scott Gustafson has extensive experience in global ministry and business in the Middle East, having lived or worked in the region for nearly 15 years. He serves as the Middle East Director for a US based ministry and is also the Managing Partner of Purpose Global Strategies, an International Business and non-profit consulting firm. He advises large funding agencies as well as indigenous businesses and ministries in Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member of Cornerstone University. He has an MA in Intercultural Communication from Moody Graduate School, and a BA in Nursing and Biology from Western Michigan University. Scott and his wife have 2 children and they live in Grand Rapids, MI.
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President - Crescent Project
Fouad Masri was born and raised in the war zone of Beirut, Lebanon and is a third generation pastor. He has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with Muslims and is the Founder and President of Crescent Project.
Fouad has been featured in several media publications including Christianity Today, Newsweek, and Mission Network News. He has appeared on CBN, TBN, the Janet Parshall Show, and Prime Time America. He has authored 14 books including Outreach Magazine’s 2015 Cross Cultural Resource of the Year Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively. He holds a BA in Mass Communication and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Islamic Studies. Fouad lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Lisa and their two children.
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Middle East Development Veteran
A wanna-be artist who is dedicated to cultivating beauty, order, and abundance in the Kingdom. Passionate about leading people to the King and offering them the hope of ultimate satisfaction that comes through faith in Him. Committed to leading people to be more like Jesus and striving to lead his family of 4 boys to the same. Collin has been in the Middle East for the better part of 9 years, and has a deep passion to equip national believers to lead their countrymen into fellowship with our good and great God.
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Community Development - Arab World
Engineer, Theologian and Community Development Practitioner by education. Lover of God’s Kingdom, passionate about building and developing God’s community in the Arab World. Working to make that happen through sports, health, education and business development. Bob feels most comfortable in a third culture setting, having lived most of his life outside the USA, the last 9 years in the Middle East. He is a husband to an amazing wife and father to four wonderful children. Addicted to whole foods and exercise.
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