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Arthur and Louise Brown

Arthur and Louise Brown

Who: Arthur and Louise Brown

Where: Lebanon

How long: Since 2005

Principal ministries: Development and Leadership

Arthur and Louise come from east London and were part of the Urban Expression church planting initiative. Their home church is Cable Street Community Church, Shadwell. Both are qualified youth and community workers and Arthur managed the Oasis youth work and ministry degree course prior to starting work with BMS. Louise was a full-time mother. Both have specialised working with those on the margins of society, Louise with homeless refugees and sex workers. Arthur has worked with young people at risk of social and educational exclusion.


After studying at BMS' International Mission Centre in Birmingham, they went as BMS long-term workers to Beirut, Lebanon in 2005. Here they are involved in urban community development and youth ministry. Arthur also trains youth ministers and supports youth ministry at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and Louise works with Palestinian refugees.


Arthur's interests include white water kayaking, his 1973 VW Camper Van, Arsenal, reading, applied theology, playing guitar and listening to music. Louise enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing board games and supports Manchester United. They both enjoy playing badminton, cooking, socialising with friends and curries.


Arthur and Louise have four children, Jessica, Naomi, Jack and Jonathan.


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Posted: 20/04/2017 - 19:03

By Manal el-Tayar

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The contribution of Alaa and Jennifer to the...

Posted: 13/04/2017 - 17:09

By Brent Hamoud

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Posted: 06/04/2017 - 13:00

By Martin Accad

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1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair...

Posted: 30/03/2017 - 13:00

By Caleb Hutcherson

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Posted: 23/03/2017 - 14:00

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 63.91 million “persons of concern”, which includes refugees, people awaiting recognition as refugees, and people who have fled their homes but not sought refuge in another country. Of these, 16.1 million are refugees, that is people who fled to a different country in search of safety.

The largest number of refugees registered with UNHCR hail from Muslim-majority countries: Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia. UNHCR figures do not include Palestinian refugees, who number an additional 4-7 million. The largest numbers of refugees are also...

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Key dates

Arthur and Louise will be on home assignment in the UK from 12 to 23 August and from 30 August to 13 September 2017.


Please note their programme is now fully booked.

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New Blog entry "Re-Reading Our Times" added
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New News Article "Lebanon: learning to hope again" added
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New Blog entry "The Church and the Banality of Evil" added
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