Middle East Bible Outreach

The information on this page was last updated 2/21/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


MEBO works closely with Middle Eastern Christian leaders on a multi-track mission to strengthen the witness of the Church in the Middle East. The family of ministries are six, locally-led, faith-based ministries united under the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development including the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Dar Manhal Al Hayat publishing house, the Beirut Baptist School, SKILD Center (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences), Baptist Children and Youth Ministry, and MERATH (Middle East Revive and Thrive).

MEBO exists to serve as the US fiscal sponsor and a bridge of support from global believers to the LSESD family of ministries serving the Middle East.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Middle East Bible Outreach
1633 Mt. Vernon Rd
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30338

Website: mebo.org

Phone: 404-395-2696

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 233067813

CEO/President: Carolyn Bishop

Chairman: Carolyn Bishop

Board size: 8


Ruling year: 2001

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


Because we follow Jesus Christ, who identified with and responded compassionately to the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized, calling us to love our neighbor and saying "blessed are the peacemakers," MEBO partners with a family of ministries that are reflecting Him in their context with intentionality and excellence.

MEBO is a non-profit organization representing thousands of individual church members who have a passion for helping Christians in Lebanon reach out with the love of Christ to their nation and other nearby countries. This effort is carried out exclusively through a partnership with the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development, who represents multiple Christian ministries based in Lebanon and enacted through local churches. The ministries include a K-12 school, a seminary, a publishing house, refugee and humanitarian programs, a special needs entity, and a children's camp ministry.

LSESD is a Lebanese nonprofit that seeks to strengthen the witness of the Church in the Arab World through inclusive education, community development, and church discipleship. A core belief at LSESD is that proclaiming the Gospel goes hand in hand with demonstrating the Gospel. Thus, they aim to imitate His holistic ministry by caring for the whole person - mind, body, and soul.

Mission statement

We empower the church in the Middle East to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ through outreach, education and love of neighbor.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating390 of 109442 of 144
Fund acquisition rating102 of 109716 of 144
Resource allocation rating451 of 109746 of 144
Asset utilization rating847 of 1094108 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$3,877$5,675
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,694,351$580,786$153,383$341,195$226,435
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,922$6,877$10,076$10,337$1,785
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,922$6,877$10,076$10,337$1,785
Total assets$5,698,273$587,663$163,459$351,532$228,220
Payables and accrued expenses$22,579$0$11,673$15,478$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$22,579$0$11,673$15,478$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$22,579$0$11,673$15,478$0
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$350,130$66,809$30,994$223,148$129,715
With donor restrictions$5,325,564$520,854$120,792$112,906$98,505
Net assets$5,675,694$587,663$151,786$336,054$228,220
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,544,386$2,991,197$2,227,998$2,153,309$2,500,617
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$12$26
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$0$0$0$12$26
Total revenue$7,544,386$2,991,197$2,227,998$2,153,321$2,500,643
Program services$2,250,518$2,340,490$2,187,196$1,845,147$2,376,301
Management and general$162,202$156,393$164,924$125,947$99,311
Total expenses$2,456,355$2,555,320$2,412,266$2,045,487$2,532,755
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$5,088,031$435,877($184,268)$107,834($32,112)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,088,031$435,877($184,268)$107,834($32,112)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/21/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Beginning in the 1950s, the vision and efforts of American missionaries led to the creation of Beirut Baptist School (BBS), the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), and the Christian publishing house, Dar Manhal al-Hayat (DMAH). After transitioning to Lebanese leadership in the 1990s, this family of ministries has grown to six under the umbrella of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD).

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