Global Issues Lecture to Host Pastor From the Gaza Strip

April 2, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. Hanna Massad, pastor of Gaza Baptist Evangelical Church located in the Gaza Strip, will present a lecture on "Being a Christian in Gaza," at 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor University campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Global Issues Lecture Series and presented by Baylor's Center for International Education.

Massad's lecture will reveal the reality of being a Christian in Gaza. His goal is to explain the real experiences of Christians in Gaza, instead of only issues between the Israelis and Hamas.

In 1987, Massad became pastor of the Gaza Baptist Evangelical Church. He later received his master's in divinity degree and doctorate in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

Massad is currently on study leave at Overseas Ministries Study Center in Connecticut. The purpose of the Center is to "strengthen the Christian world mission by providing residential programs for the renewal of missionaries and international churches."

This is the fourth lecture for the Global Issues Lecture Series in spring 2009.

"The goal of these lectures is to expose and inform students, faculty and staff to events that have had a global impact," said Dr. Lilly Souza-Fuertes, coordinator of the Global Issues Series and director of Latin American studies at Baylor. "Many of the speakers are from other parts of the world, and it is always a unique opportunity to have a different perspective on issues that affect us all."

For more information about the Global Issues Lecture, contact Fuertes at (254) 710-4531.

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