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The Prince of Peace; the Only Hope for the Middle East

The war between Iran and Iraq lasted from 1980 to August 1988, making it the 20th century’s longest conventional war. The war cost both sides half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, with an equivalent number of civilians, and the conflict was compared to World War I.
But the Prince of Peace brought both Iranians and Iraqis together at Salam Christian Fellowship in Chicagoland.
On Christmas Eve service, we baptized an Iranian and an Iraqi together. The Iraqi was transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from a hateful and depressed person to a forgiving and loving follower of Christ (read her story at http://salamchristianfellowship.org/?p=845).
The Iranian had a supernatural experience like that of St. Paul had. He had ignored Jesus for eight years, attending Salam on and off. Driving from work at night, his car was jolted to a stop by a flash of lighting that morphed into a cross. He came back home weeping like a baby until sunrise. In the morning, he called me (Hesham) asking for an explanation. I told him: You have ran away from Jesus for eight years, but the Hound of Heaven hunted you down, and caught up with you.

More and more Muslims are found by Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Only the Prince of Peace could mend the hearts of those suffering in the Middle East. Jesus is the only hope for this sin-torn world.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor. 5Cross lightning
Hesham Shehab
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Hicham Chehab

Hicham [pronounced HESHAAM] grew up in a world of bitter animosity between Muslims and Christians, which he experienced personally in a physical attack when only about 7. By age 13 he was recruited by an extremist Muslim group and later fought against Christians in the 1975 war in Lebanon. He was preparing to become a Muslim Preacher (Imam) when a car accident laid him up for a year. In 1980, in his first semester in college, his brother was killed by Christian militia. Hicham's response was to study by day, and by night take out his revenge in attacks on Christians. However, hearing the Sermon on the Mount, in a course of cultural studies (in college), brought him to faith. Later, Hicham earned an M.A. in the history of the Arabs and did Ph.D studies in the history of Islam. Hicham finished his pastoral education at Concordia, Fort Wayne, IN, and is currently in the Ph. D program there. Presently, Hicham, and ordained LCMS minister, pastors Salam Christian Fellowship and works as a missionary to the Muslims with the Lutheran Church in Illinois.

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  1. Great news! Praise the Lord he is still seeking Muslims with divine love. Have a great New Year and will be willing to speak on the names of Christ beginning January 9 or later – it all depends on you.

    We are in Virginia and will be returning to Wheaton tomorrow, Dec. 29.

    Hello to your family.

    In Christ,

    Dale and Mary

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