Dr Hrayr Jebejian is currently head of Bible Society in the Gulf. He oversees Bible mission in seven nations: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
More than 20 million migrants make up 31% of the entire region’s population. Working conditions for migrants in the Gulf are very poor and Hrayr and his team are passionate about reaching these migrants with the hope of the Bible.
Hrayr has worked for Bible Society since 1980. He has a long list of academic qualifications and Bible Society accolades. One of his more recent achievements is a degree in Bible Engagement.
He is married to Dr Arda Boynerian Jebejian, a renowned expert in language preservation. They have two adult children.
Dr. Jebejian will be speaking at a range of events in the North Island from 8th August to the 14th August 2018. Places at some of these free events are limited, so book your place now.
Saturday morning service
Saturday 11th August
11:00am – 12:00pm
Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sunday morning service
Sunday 12th August
10:30am – 12:00pm
All Nation’s Church
Auckland Baptist Tabernacle
429 Queen St, Auckland
Monday 13th August
Please register now
Northcross Community Church
826a East Coast Rd, Oteha
Two-course Middle Eastern dinner provided
Supporter’s morning tea
Wednesday 15th August
9:30am – 11:30am
Kapiti Bowling Club
1 Matatua Road
Morning tea provided
Wednesday 15th August
5:30 – 7:00pm
The Street Church
9 Hania St, Mount Victoria
How the Bible is helping migrants in the Middle East
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Christian in the Middle East? Dr Hrayr Jebejian, Head of Bible Society in the Gulf is sharing his experiences first-hand on a trip to New Zealand. He will be visiting Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Wellington this August speaking at churches and meeting volunteers, as well as presenting at an Auckland fundraising dinner.
Hrayr oversees Bible mission in the seven Gulf nations of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Bible Society operates 18 centres in this region.
There are more than 20 million migrants living and working in the Gulf States. And in four of these countries – UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain- there are more foreigners than locals. Working conditions for migrant workers are very poor. Hrayr and his team are passionate about reaching these migrants with the hope of the Bible.
One migrant who received a Bible from the Bible Society told Hrayr his story. “I came to Dubai from Nepal in 2003. I started as a labourer loading and unloading boxes. I was very depressed and restless working in difficult circumstances. I was looking for peace in my life. I was introduced to the Nepali Church. I heard the Gospel. I repented of my sins and asked God to forgive me. Since then I have been enjoying His Grace. I read both Nepali and English Bibles. The Bible reading gives me new insights and strengthens me,” he said.
Hrayr says, “It is crucial for these migrant workers to be engaged with the Bible and be instilled with Christian hope. It is through Christian hope these migrant workers are rediscovering themselves as new creatures in Jesus Christ.
“Also, the Bible is helping them to continue to mature in life, and the Christian Message of Hope is helping them to think, feel and act like Jesus and sustain during the difficult circumstances of their diaspora lives.”
As a Lebanese-Armenian, Hrayr is also a great advocate for the people of Armenia. He will speak at a special function hosted by the Armenian Society in Auckland. Hrayr has recently published and authored a book called, Armenia Diasporan Lives: As I Saw Them.
He has a long list of academic qualifications and Bible Society accolades. One of his more recent achievements is a degree in Bible Engagement.
Hrayr is married to Dr Arda Jebejian, who is an expert in language preservation. She is visiting New Zealand with him and has several speaking engagements as well. They have two adult children.