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Fayiz H. Saknini, PhD
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Fayiz Saknini was born in Nazareth on July 28, 1927, and died in Marietta, Georgia on August 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Emilia Joseph Saknini, three children Ruthy Saknini Woody, Dan Saknini and Grace Saknini Foltz, three grandchildren, Justin Saknini, Emily Worley, Connor Worley, and two great grandchildren, Addie and Tucker Saknini.
As a teenager in Nazareth, Fayiz was born again on October 2, 1945 as the result of ministry by Southern Baptist missionaries. Fayiz began his professional life working with British Oil Company in Haifa, Palestine, and due to the war, was moved by the company to Lebanon in 1948, eventually working in Tripoli, Lebanon April of 1949. There he became involved in Southern Baptist work in the North Lebanon area, assisting to establish several churches and missions which are still active today. Rev. Saknini was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1949, and was founder and pastor of the Tripoli Baptist Church for eleven years. In 1955, he married Emilia Joseph, became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Beirut, Lebanon in 1960, and served there until 1976. He served as the President of the Lebanese Baptist Convention for eight years, and also was founder and chairman of L.O.V.E. Mission (Lebanon Overseas Village Evangelism). He was a member of the Executive Committee of the High Supreme Council of the Evangelical Denomination of Syria and Lebanon, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Baptist Publication Center and Bookstore in Beirut, Member of the Advisory Council of the United Bible Society, Member of the Steering Committee of the Evangelical Society of Syria and Lebanon, and served in the Baptist World Youth Conference in Beirut. Rev. Saknini and his wife Emilia were appointed to the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board as Language Missionaries in 1977, moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area, and served as a consultant in Language Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention. He was the Director of the Arabic Baptist Retreat in Georgia, and the Director of the Arabic Baptist Youth Camp. He led hundreds of Revival meetings, Prophecy studies, and Prayer seminars in Georgia and elsewhere. He was editor of the “Living Hope Magazine”, Founder and Director of the Arabic Bible Institute in Georgia, and author of three books.
Rev. Saknini started several Arabic-speaking churches in Georgia and throughout the U.S.
Rev. Saknini spoke at the Baptist World Alliance in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, sharing the platform with Dr. Billy Graham. He spoke at the South Asian and Pacific Bible Society Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (1969), and the Baptist World Alliance Men’s Conference in Honk Kong, 1973. He participated in the Keswick Convention, England, and in the Billy Graham Evangelism Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. He led studies in Switzerland and in Singapore on behalf of the John Haggai Institute. Rev. Saknini participated in numerous mission trips to Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, including seven mission trips to Far Eastern countries.
Upon hearing of his death, a young man who knew him stated: “Rev. Fayiz Saknini’s life touched so many. His eternal mindset was to share Yashua’s gift of love to humanity. He left a legacy far greater than silver and gold, one established on Kingdom Principles and Eternal Value.”


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Visitation

Saturday

19

Aug

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Smyrna

2950 King Street
Smyrna, GA 30080

Service

Sunday

20

Aug

3:00 PM
Smyrna First Baptist Church

1275 Church Street
Smyrna, GA 30080

Cemetery Details

Location

Riverview Memorial Park Cemetery

5411 South Cobb Drive
Smyrna, GA 30080

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