Arabic North American
Middle Eastern Bible Fellowship
The Middle Eastern Bible Fellowship in Detroit began in March 1991, when a group of men and women of Arabic descent, including Ata and Salwa Mikhael, Raphael and Renee Haddad, and Philipe Yacoub, gathered unto the Lord’s name.
Mr. Mikhael, a native Lebanese in association with the brethren in Beirut, and a writer of Christian books, had to leave when the Syrians invaded Lebanon. With his family, he came to Lansing, MI and lived there for three years, during which time he translated Our Daily Bread and The Believer’s Bible Commentary into Arabic. Then he received a call from Arabic believers in Detroit to start a fundamental Arabic ministry in the area.
The Mikhael family began commuting from Lansing to Detroit each Sunday, and then moved to Detroit. Soon a nucleus of seven believers were meeting to Remember the Lord. The group first rented a Baptist facility, sharing the building with the existing church. God blessed the work. In 1998, it had grown to as many as 140 adults attending the Sunday morning Gospel service and 85 Breaking Bread. Leaders of the assembly have included Ata G. Mikhael, Raphael Y. Haddad, Philipe Yacoub, and Emad M. Mansoor. All services are in Arabic.
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