On to Beirut

Just to let you know, I’m heading to Beirut tomorrow. I’m helping to lead a writers’ training program at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. They’re drawing in about a dozen writers from throughout the Middle East.We’ll spend four days together.

I’m very aware I can be of limited help. I don’t know Middle Eastern culture, I don’t know Middle Eastern publishing, and I can’t read any Middle Eastern languages. I’ve tried to excuse myself but the organizers are quite confident they need me.  I’m going to be very interested to learn just what they think I can do for them. Fortunately, I’ll be working with several other leaders from the region who will provide the inputs I can’t.

For myself, I’m very much looking forward to gleaning insights about the situations the writers find themselves in. I’ll be checking in with what I learn, so stayed tuned.


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