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Last updated: 8/3/2013
Dar Manhal Al Hayat
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Dar Manhal Al Hayat
Blata Street
Baptist Evangelical Center
Mansourieh El Maten - Lebanon, Middle East
P.O.Box 165  Lebanon
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961 4401922 (Phone)
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The humble beginning of Baptist Publications / Dar Manhal Al Hayat (DMAH)

In the 1950s, a missionary couple Finlay and Julia Graham arrived in Beirut and started holding Sunday School classes in their home aided by other missionaries. One, Mable Summers, began taking Arabic typing lessons at the YWCA. She worked with Muallim George Wakim to translate Sunday School material published by the Sunday School Board in Nashville, TN. Summers then typed them in Arabic onto a stencil, mimeographed them and then pasted the Arabic stories over the English versions. Every Sunday, the children were given the leaflets to take home. Gradually, Summers and Virginia Cobb who joined the SBC mission in Lebanon in 1952 were able to replace the American curriculum with material written by missionaries in the Middle East.

The Arab Baptist General Mission, consisting of workers in Jordan, Lebanon and Gaza, recognized the need for written material to support the work of church planting and growth. They also recognized that Lebanon was unique in the amount of religious freedom available. They formalized the small publishing program and appointed Virginia Cobb as its director. Baptist Publications, as Dar Manhal Al Hayat was known then, translated several books and in 1964 they began a correspondence course on the life of Jesus. They placed a few ads in Lebanese magazines, and responses came from all over the Arab world. And so the ministry gradually grew and expanded.

During the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) Dar Manhal Al Hayat witnessed a considerable decline following which the founding missionaries decided to leave Lebanon. This led to the founding of a local body - the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) – that took over the ownership of the publishing house along with its two sister ministries, namely the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) and the Beirut Baptist School (BBS).

Under the leadership of LSESD, our publishing house regained its vigor and was once again focused on its mission to render Christian and educational resources both available and accessible to the Arab World which embraces a variety of cultures, life-styles, education levels and economic conditions. Indeed, Dar Manhal Al Hayat – i.e. Source of Life ¬ - seeks to strengthen and empower the growing church and our publications include a wide range of categories and themes ranging from Bibles to Evangelism, discipleship, prayer, Christian living, women, youths, leadership and management ...

Though we are a minority in Lebanon and the region, we can have a great impact on the development of our society by using our talents for God's glory in how we speak, write, or think. So, we pursue our mission today on two tracks: translations as well as indigenous Arabic writings. We do so in partnershp with international publishing houses and ministries.

Our market includes Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Arab World and in partnership with other publishing houses in the region.

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