Jordan (MNN) — Even though Christianity began in the Middle East, seminaries are few and far-between – that’s why Program for Theological Education by Extension exists. PTEE offers accredited theological education and training online and in small group programs, equipping Arab Christians in the Middle East and beyond.
With a new executive director at the helm, PTEE is expanding its reach in 2020. Newly-appointed Victor Sadek tells MNN, “My vision is about… places where no evangelical churches exist, or no Bible school exists. This will be our target: special new places [with] no churches.”
Who is Victor Sadek?
Pastor Victor Sadek began his journey with PTEE in 1996 when he saw the need for biblical training in Egypt. Sadek led small group classes, then served as the Chair of PTEE’s Egypt National Committee for 10 years.
The Sadek family is now scattered throughout the Middle East. Earlier this month, Victor, his wife Nahed, and their middle child Sarah moved to the PTEE office in Amman, Jordan. The couple’s youngest daughter is studying in Egypt, where Victor pastored a church for 25 years. Their oldest son and his wife live in Dubai.
“We have this calling to lead the program to the Arab countries and to establish new places for PTEE,” Sadek says. “Also, my desire is to preach the Word of God,” he continues.
“I love to visit churches to share the Word of God and to teach the Word.”
Sadek replaces Jiries Habash as PTEE’s Executive Director. One of the organization’s founding members, Habash served PTEE as a course facilitator, tutor trainer, Chair of the Executive Committee, and most recently as Executive Director.
What’s his plan for 2020?
As described in a recent newsletter, Sadek wants to work alongside North African churches to equip Arab Christians in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. He also wants to incorporate spiritual care for refugees into PTEE’s training.
“In the last five years, a lot of people left Iraq and Syria [and] went to Europe, went to Arab countries like Lebanon, Jordan,” Sadek observes. “Our concern as a program is to reach these groups.”
Additionally, Sadek hopes to 1,000 more PTEE classes in the next three years, with a special focus on Arab countries where there are no seminaries or Bible schools. By training leaders and establishing PTEE classes, Sadek wants the ministry to become an integral part of a church planting movement currently sweeping the Arab world.
How can I help?
Whether you live in an Arab country or not, Sadek says you can support PTEE’s work. “We have a lot of needs,” he says. Find ways to invest in PTEE here.
“They (listeners/readers) can share this vision to their churches,” he describes as one idea. Or, if you’re fluent in Arabic, “we have a lot of courses we need to translate into Arabic and to [print in] Arabic.”
If you like to travel, “we’ll be glad if somebody can come to Jordan and join us in the office,” Sadek says. Fill out the Contact form on PTEE’s website to learn more about this opportunity.
Most importantly, pray. Pray for Victor, Nahed, and Sarah as they adjust to living in Jordan. Pray the Lord will use PTEE to impact the Arabic-speaking world for Christ.
Header image depicts Sadek and the young Sudanese Christian leaders he trained from Uganda, Sudan, and South Sudan. Photo courtesy PTEE.