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June 14, 2022

The Stranger at Our Shore

What’s it like to be running in fear from the country you’re from and hoping against hope for a better future on the shores of America? Joshua Sherif author of The Stranger at Our Shore knows. He was 8 years old when he landed on our shores, and does he have a story to tell!

First, Josh was born and raised Muslim in Egypt. He remembers trying to earn Allah’s approval by fasting during Ramadan only to ruin everything by eating an olive just seconds before the fast ended.  Then, Josh and his mom moved in with his grand-parents who had become believers in Jesus and remembers hurling insults at their prayers. But Jesus began to warm his heart.

Next, believers in America loved Josh well. Like his Sunday school teacher who bought him his first bike and taught him to ride it. Then, the obstacles we may need to overcome to welcome refugees and immigrants—feeling unqualified, feeling fear, maybe even feeling hatred.

Next, welcoming strangers is so much more than inviting someone to church. It’s being part of someone’s life. Then, the Muslim who became an atheist after seeing the horrors of ISIS, who then became a follower of Jesus. Finally, the church Josh planted in Chicago with 30 nationalities and 20 languages!

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Perry LaHaie

Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.

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Shawna Beyer

Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.

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