Michael Arteen is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as chaplain and director of spiritual life at Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) in Palestine/Israel. He was commissioned in May 2016.
Bethlehem Bible College, a mission partner of Global Ministries since the 1980s, provides training and support for the Palestinian Christian community in the Holy Land, a population facing discrimination and dispossession under the prevailing political and territorial system. The college chaplain addresses the spiritual and social needs of both students and the larger community. Michael also serves as pastoral assistant at a local non-denominational church.
Michael was born in Egypt into a Christian family. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Egypt before migrating as a young man to the United States, where he became a citizen.
In the US, he served as a pastoral assistant at the Arabic Church of Florida in Lake Mary and the Arabic Christian Church of Houston, Texas. Michael is working toward his master’s degree in leadership and ministry at BBC.
“I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was 14 and knew that I was called for evangelism at an early age,” Michael recalls. “I had a great desire to share Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen.” In his youth, the church in Egypt experienced renewed persecution. “As an Egyptian Christian, I learned to rely fully on Jesus for everything. I learned that he alone is our shelter and place of refuge.”
“All our needs will be fulfilled in Jesus alone—there is no other source.”
Today, in his work in Bethlehem, Michael “dreams of sharing Jesus with as many people as possible…I desire that the Lord will touch all the people I encounter regardless of their religion, race, or identity. When we walk by faith; the Lord surprises and rewards us.”
Michael is married to Grace Al-Zoughbi, who also teaches at Bethlehem Bible College.
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