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!
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
Perry and Shawna Mornings helps start your day with heart-to-heart conversations, compelling guests, and songs reminding you that you are Abba’s child! You have been blessed to be a blessing, and you have been loved to share Jesus’ love!