Michael Chesanek Joins MEU Staff

Michael Chesanek arrived at MEU from the United States in mid-September to work as an instructor at the English Language Institute and also to help as assistant men’s dean.

A child of parents who both worked thirty-plus years at the Pacific Press Publishing Association—the SDA publishing house in the United States—Michael relocated with the Press to Boise, Idaho in 1984 from its previous location in the Bay Area, California, where he was born.  After completing his BA in English, Rhetoric and Composition at Long Beach State University in 2014, Michael himself went to work for the Pacific Press as a copyeditor, for a time, correcting English and grammar mistakes in Adventist publications.

An adventurous and social person by nature, Michael decided to go ahead and test the waters when his friend, who was already working at MEU as a volunteer, suggested that he contact the school and see if there might be any opportunities to join the MEU team.  It turned out that the timing was perfect, and within a few days Michael was waiting on a missionary visa and was on his way to Lebanon within a couple weeks.

Having lived in Lebanon now for a few weeks, Michael absolutely loves MEU and the people of Lebanon.  In response to the question, “How are you liking Lebanon,” Michael’s reply is, “I love it here.  The people here at the university and around town are just so friendly.”

Michael has a deep passion for Jesus, for the Word of God, and for helping others to see the simplicity of the Gospel.  These are two of Michael’s favorite Bible verses:

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

“If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2).


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    Mabruk, Michael Chesaneck, for leaving Long Beach for Lebanon’s ESL Department!

    During the 1982-83 school year, I taught ESL and beginning piano at what was then known as “Middle East College,” and despite the war and the danger, I loved Lebanon and my students. I was a member of the Adventist Volunteer Service Corps during that time.

    For over twenty years now, I’ve lived in Long Beach, and I’m a retired ESL Instructor and Social Services Provider. I am a member of Beit-David Messianic Fellowship in Bixby Knolls, a Sabbath-celebrating congregation of Jewish believers and Christians who are helping the “completed Jews” in the congregation to bring their family and friends to faith in Yeshua.

    I love celebrating the Jewish holidays from a Christian perspective, and occasionally teach my believing Jewish friends some Arabic words and phrases.

    How I miss Lebanese pizza from the school bakery, pine nuts in the cafeteria spaghetti, playing the Lebanese National Anthem for school assembly on the grand piano and shopping in Berj Hammoud. I enjoy the videos of Lebanon and e-cards on http://www.discoverlebanon.com, and MEU’s email updates.

    Jacki Skeels (formerly Skeels-Gryte)
    P.O. Box 5692
    Long Beach, CA 90805 USA

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