The “New Day;” Norowz Celebration at Salam

IMG_2561IMG_2696 Salam celebrated Nowruz ( or Norooz ) on March 22 , the “New Day” holiday which commemorates the Persian New Year. Dating back 3,000 years, Norooz is rooted in Zoroastrianism–an ancient Iranian religion that influenced later religions. It is considered by Iranian and Persian people of all religions as one of their largest annual celebrations.
The Rev. Rennie Kaufmann, pastor of Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Michigan, gave the message in English, with translations in Farsi and Arabic. He called upon the mostly non-Christian audience to open their hearts to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Kaufmann, who lived in Iran during his teenage years , linked the “real” Norooz to regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He said that by confessing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we then receive His forgiveness for those sins and are freed from guilt and given a “fresh start.” By Christ’s grace–not our own works–we are saved from eternal punishment and receive assurance of going to heaven when we die, Kaufmann concluded.
The evangelistic meeting included worship songs and was concluded with a sit-down meal of a variety of delicious Middle Eastern dishes prepared by the Salam ladies.

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Evangelist Yamout Aiding LHM- Beirut with Syrian Refugees Will Speak at Salam/ Time Change

Are you interested in the Syrian crisis and its repercussions? Do you have question on the role of the Church in this humanitarian disaster? Do not miss Brother Mohammad Yamout’s inspiring presentation and the Middle Eastern dinner at Salam on May 3, at 6: 00 p.m. NOT 12:30 pm..at Peace Lutheran Church, 21W500 Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148.
We needed to move the presentation time due to Yamout’s packed agenda in the USA..Yamout arrived yesterday on the East Cost..Please RSVP to hicham.chehab@gmail.com or 331 645 0650
(see link: http://salamchristianfellowship.org/?p=513)
Yamout shares the love of Christ with Syrian refugees and others in South Lebanon, in the Middle East. Salam has been raising funds for Bibles for more than one year for the Lutheran Hour Ministry in Beirut, where Yamout gets them and passes them to refugees thetre.
In early February 2014, a group of LHM—Lebanon volunteers led by Yamout traveled about 50 miles south of Beirut to a refugee center in the coastal city of Tyre. The volunteers brought food, Bibles, Lutheran Hour Ministries materials, and a Gospel message of comfort and hope to the Syrian families there, most of whom are Muslims. “We pray,” says LHM—Lebanon Director Fadi Khairallah, “that the Word of God works in the heart of everyone who attended and leads them to salvation through Christ.”

In addition to giving Syrian refugees in Lebanon the Bread of Life, Brother Yamout is helping with some of their health issues with the support of a Korean medical team. I received this below, from Yamout:

“Great Ministry last Wednesday with my Korean Friends in the Syrian Bedouin Camp…
A doctor, a nurse and a brother I love dearly…”
The number of Syrian refugees in lebanon is now estimated at two million, while the Lebanese population is only four.
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Speaking of Jesus in the Devil’s Den

Brother Mohammad Yamout is coming to the U.S. for a month and intends to stay with me for a few days. Do not miss his inspiring presentation at Salam on May 3, at 12: 30 p.m. My friend will share his love of Christ, as he particularly experienced it in the “Devil’s Den” of Beirut. Because of that love, Mohammad was persecuted, tortured, and jailed. But he remained steadfast in the Way! He has a lot to say that will inspire all Americans of all faiths. Below is a brief biography written by Mohammad:
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My name is Mohammad, a former Sunni Muslim. I was born in 1966 in Beirut, during the civil war. I was called to faith in Christ through the Sunday school ministry of the Evangelical Bible Church in our neighborhood, in Beirut, Lebanon. My parents kicked me out when I got baptized, and since the age of 13 I lived under the guardianship of my Heavenly Father. Two times, I was threatened with death by Muslim Fundamentalists, and one time I had to hide for six month in a Christian village in North Lebanon.
God called me to the ministry early on, but I did not answer the call, but rebelled and went after my dreams and ambitions. Even though I was very active in church, from teaching, to preaching, I was not obedient to what God called me to; and that is to serve Him full time.
I went to the U.S. 1986 for four years and earned a BS in Accounting, then returned to Lebanon. At the age of 25, I had half a million dollars in my bank account, I owned my house, my business. I got married. All was going great, and I was going up the ladder… And for 20 years I was running away; but whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and indeed He did. In no time, my Father stripped me naked. I lost everything and was jailed for bankruptcy (that is the law in Lebanon). Then, I had only my family. Yet, I was hard-headed, so when I came out of prison, I went again into business, made money and had four retail stores.
In 2008, God had His way. I realized my hands are too short to box with God. I surrendered to the Lord’s will and liquidated all my business at a loss. Then, I started street evangelism, as well as ministering in an orphanage near Beirut. By 2009, God led us, as a family, to plant a church in the city of Tyre, South-Lebanon; close to the borders with Israel. I have five children: Laya, Selina, Lynn, Peter, and Sarah. God has been blessing us. We have distributed thousands of copies of the New Testament, and tracts of spiritual literature. We have helped hundreds of people in different ways, and we have seen God at work in saving souls. All of this has not been without persecution; for we are in the Devil’s Den: We had the windshield of the church’s van broken, my wife hit, and I was imprisoned. But God is good, with the blood of Jesus, we are more than conquerors.
We ask for your constant and continual prayers, for we believe in the power of prayers and whatever God puts on your heart in way of support, we are more than grateful and thankful.
May God Bless you and Keep you in Perfect Peace.
In Christ,
Mohammad

N.B. Lunch prepared by the Salam ladies will follow. Please RSVP. All are welcome.

The “New Day” Celebration at Salam

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)

On March 22, 2014, we celebrated Nowruz or Norooz, at Salam. This holiday means “New Day,” and commemorates the Persian New Year.
The holiday, which dates back 3,000 years, is rooted in Zoroastrianism – an ancient Iranian religion that influenced later religions. Norooz is considered one of the largest celebrations of the year with Iranian and Persian peoples of all religions taking part in the festivities.
Rev. Rennie Kaufmann, pastor of Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MI, gave the message in English, with translations to Farsi and Arabic.
Pastor Kaufmann called upon the audience, that was mostly non-Christian, to open their hearts to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Kaufmann who lived in Iran during his teenage years linked the “ real” Norooz to the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. By confessing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, Pastor Kaufmann emphasized, we receive forgiveness for our sins, freedom from guilt, and a fresh start. By His grace – not our own works – we are saved from eternal punishment and receive the assurance of going to heaven when our life on earth is finished, Kaufmann concluded.
After the evangelistic meeting that included worship songs, everyone enjoyed a variety of delicious Middle Eastern dishes prepared by the Salam ladies.IMG_2561IMG_2696

Come Enjoy the Persian New Year (Noruz) Celebration at Salam

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You are cordially invited to a special Noruz (Persian New Year) celebration sponsored by Salam Christian Fellowship and organized by Miss Heidi Arabrasooli. This event will feature messages on Noruz and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as special music presentations; both worship music and American pop with Rennie Kaufmann and others. Great Iranian food and fellowship will follow. Our hope is to share the Gospel message with our Middle Eastern friends.

When: March 22, 2014, at 12: 30
Where: Peace Lutheran Church; 21W500 Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148
(630)627-1101
To RSVP, please call Mrs. Linda Wallace (630)627-1101, or Hicham at 331 645 0650
Free admission
Children are welcome
Donations are welcome, and must be made to Salam Christian Fellowship.nowruz02

Inspiring Salam Event in Batavia, Illinois

On March 1, more than 125 people braved the snow and came to Salam’s Middle Eastern food extravaganza. It was a joyful and inspiring evening. The Word of God in a spirit of love was shared.
We had excellent audio-visual presentations of the stories of two converts. Rennie Kaufmann and his beautiful daughter Esther took requests for songs, and filled the event with melodies and keyboard music. The food was phenomenal, truly the best I’ve eaten here or in the Middle East itself. It was cooked with love; the love Salam’s ladies have for God’s mission in Chicagoland.
Thanks for the Northern Illinois District, Immanuel Lutheran (Batavia), Trinity Lutheran (Roselle), Peace Lutheran (Lombard), and Christ Church of Oak Brook, St. John Lutheran (La Grange), and all others who support God’smission to Arabs and Muslims in Chicagoland.

God is faithful. Amen
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