Tabor plans ‘New Things’ for missions conference

The Tabor College Missions Conference, featuring guest speaker Ali El-shariff Abdallah Emmanuel, will be Feb. 12 and 13.

The conference theme, “A Time of New Things,” is based upon Isaiah 43:19.

During the first session, to begin 7 p.m., Feb. 12, Emmanuel will describe his journey from Islam to Christianity. Through his testimony, those in attendance will learn about various Islam teachings, including prayer, jihad, women, heaven and the view of Christianity.

Beginning at 1:20 p.m., Feb. 13, Emmanuel will explore how Muslims can be reached through the Internet and television.

A session titled “Making Ways and Rivers in the Desert: A Journey from a Suicide Bomber to Life Rescuer” will conclude the conference at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 13.

All conference sessions will take place in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium, located in the H.W. Lohrenz Building.

A missions and services fair featuring representatives from various agencies will also occur 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 13 and 14.

Born and raised in Sudan as a Muslim, Emmanuel spent his childhood memorizing the Qur’an, then taught Arabic in an Iranian school and helped convert its students to Islam.

After becoming a Christian in 1995 and ceasing his mosque attendance, he was confronted and questioned by the imams and chief of Islam at the mosque.

A decision was then made to kill Emmanuel because of his Christian testimony, but the attempt failed.

Now a Canadian resident, he serves as Arabic correspondence coordinator with Family Life Network, a multi-cultural team of Christian communicators dedicated to helping people build healthy relationships with God, family and friends.

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