Almost five years after having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, Paul was concerned with how others would hear the truth about Christ. Many have questions and no sound answers, so he began answering questions regarding the Christian faith and began confronting Islamic propaganda and its lies about Christ Jesus and the Bible. He presented the truth of Christ with love, revealing the agenda of political Islam for Christian and western society. The vision was simple but entailed several facets such as: A. Student Ministry, Interception - receiving students from Muslim countries and getting to know them "even though it may be dangerous sometimes" and trying to get them involved with the American Christian community before they are received by the Muslim Student Association, equipping American and non-Muslim students (Christians) against Islamic propaganda, and rescuing the deceived (especially females) from the trap of Islam and its ideology; B. Teaching Christian Apologetics; and C. Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to all. In 1999 Paul heard someone calling for prayer for God to open the 10/40 window to His Word. He decided that these closed countries, and especially the 1.5 billion Muslims, could be reached in some creative ways now. He began using Internet chat rooms and conferencing tools and groups, later using satellite TV, to reach out to the Islamic world. He is now seen around the globe, teaching apologetics in response to Muslim questions and claims, on campuses and via public debates.
Born and raised as a Muslim in Egypt, firstborn of the imam of the mosque, trained to be a Muslim evangelist, Paul's life was interrupted by the Lord in 1997 and he converted to Christianity. Salwa was born in Egypt into a traditional Christian family, and accepted the Lord as her Savior at a Christian conference while in the fourth grade. Her faith grew as she relied on Christ through prayer for everything. Salwa has a burden for Jewish and Muslim women. Paul was called to ministry in 2002 after learning about many people who didn't know how to share their faith. After hearing a wonderful sermon about not being selfish and sharing the Good News with your family, friends and neighbors, he started becoming active in evangelism in New York City. After some training in Colorado, Paul went on TV, proclaiming his faith in Christ to all Arabic-speaking viewers around the world.
Paul and Salwa were married in 2006 and have two children.
Ministry Training at Horizons International Center in Boulder, Colorado
Biblical Studies at DaySpring Center for Christian Education in Boulder, Colorado
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Colorado, United States