Mohammad, a former Sunni Muslim, was born in 1966 in Beirut, during the civil war. He was called to faith in Christ through the Sunday school ministry of the Evangelical Bible Church in our neighborhood, in Beirut, Lebanon. His parents kicked him out of the house when he was baptized at the age of 13. Mohammad states, “From the moment of my baptism 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 months in a Christian village in North Lebanon.”
He moved to the U.S. 1986 to attend University earning a BS in Accounting. Upon returning to Lebanon Mohammad quickly became successful in the business world. He remembers, “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. I was climbing the ladder of success… 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).”
Following imprisonment for bankruptcy, Mohammad went into business again opening four retail stores. Again, He became successful, but God had other plans. In 2008, he surrendered to the Lord’s will and liquidated all of his businesses at a loss. He then began street evangelism, as well as ministering in an orphanage near Beirut. By 2009, God led his family to plant a church in the city of Tyre, South-Lebanon, close to the border with Israel.
Currently, Mohammed’s ministry involves pastoring the church in Tyre, ministering to the many Syrian refugees. Each summer the church in Tyre organizes multiple camps for the refugee children. Countless refugees have heard the Gospel through God’s work in Tyre, Lebanon.