CASKET EMPTY in Arabic: Beirut, Lebanon


This summer I had the remarkable privilege of teaching the CASKET EMPTY materials at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. The CASKET EMPTY timelines and study guides were translated into Arabic in preparation for the trip. The Old Testament materials were translated by the persecuted church in Egypt. The New Testament materials were translated by persecuted believers in Lebanon and Syria. We praise God for raising funds for the translation and printing of these resources through many generous donors. One woman made a particularly generous gift to help us complete the translation. She desired to use her estate in order to make Christian literature available where it is needed the most. 

In Beirut, students gathered from all over the Middle East and North Africa to study God’s Word and to prepare for a lifetime in Christ’s service. Most of the students represent the Body of Christ in areas where the church suffers persecution. There were men and women, both single and married. I marveled to hear their own testimonies of faith in Christ and of their boldness in proclaiming “faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). 

Each night our class met and continued late into the evening. Conversation flowed through the break time and often led to dinner under the starry night sky. I learned of a powerful movement of God in this region drawing the hearts of men, women, and children to worship the living God. I felt humbled and honored to teach these students. Their faces are the faces of a missionary God who came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).

After our class ended, one of the students wrote a letter about the impact that the CASKET EMPTY materials had upon him:

“I give my special thanks to this book, which is considered a mobile Christian library in every time and place. It is a book that presents the plan of God the guerrilla and missionary throughout history. This is true because God began the plan of redemption from the dawn of history.”

 Pray that the Lord would be with me and make me a source of blessing and light for my country, that they might become acquainted with Christ and become part of this great plan of redemption in the name of Jesus Christ, who is risen from the dead, my Lord and my God.

We are grateful for the ongoing partnership with Call of Love Ministries to make these materials available throughout the Arab world. Make sure to visit the Arabic section of the website. CASKET EMPTY looks great reading from right to left! Refer Arabic speakers that you may know to download the full material for themselves. Forward the link to ministries reaching out to the Arabic speaking world:

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Picture:  CASKET EMPTY in Arabic with translator, OT scholar, and friend Walid



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Dr. David Palmer

Dr. David Palmer