Hesham Shehab profile

Hesham Shehab grew up in a world of bitter animosity between Muslims and Christians, which he experienced personally in a physical attack when only about seven. By age 13 he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood (Lebanese Chapter) and later fought against Christians in the 1975 war in Lebanon.

Columnist Hesham Shehab

In 1980, while Hesham was going to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, for pre-medical studies, his brother was killed by a Christian militia. Hesham’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 (at that college), brought him to faith.

Hesham found in Jesus Christ a way of forgiveness and reconciliation with God instead of hatred and revenge.

Hesham did an MA in the History of the Arabs and Ph.D. studies in Islamic History.

In 2001, Hesham, who worked as a journalist at two Lebanese newspapers and adjunct professor (at AUB),  met a retired Lutheran pastor, Rev. Dr. Bernie Lutz, working with the Lutheran Hour Ministry (LHM) in Beirut. Dr. Lutz plugged Hesham into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). Hesham moved to the US in 2004, finished his pastoral education at Concordia, Fort Wayne, IN

Ministry to Muslims in Chicagoland

In 2008, with the support of local churches, Hesham planted Salam Christian Fellowship, a mission to Muslims in the western suburbs of Chicago, and has so far baptized 42 people from the Middle East.

Salam Christian Fellowship is a faith ministry that depends on the donations of God’s people and their zeal to fulfill the Great Commission. Salam reaches out to refugees and new immigrants from eight Middle Eastern countries, and shares the Gospel with Muslims in three languages (Arabic, Farsi, and English). Salam holds an informal celebration service meeting every week for converts, seekers, and Muslims.

In order to support Salam and ignite the love of Christ towards Muslims in the heart of lukewarm Christians, Hesham speaks nationwide on Islam and evangelism to Muslims.

Please prayerfully consider donating to Pastor Hesham’s ministry, either by check sent payable to Salam Christian Fellowship at 21W500 Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL 60148 or online.

Also Hesham founded Muslims for the Messiah (MuslimsfortheMessiah.org) in 2007 in order to reach Muslims students, but the non-profit is now a nationwide organization that reaches Muslims all over the West. Muslims for the Messiah (MFM) will start a Michigan chapter in the Fall of 2018.

For more information or to invite Hesham to speak, please contact Pastor Hesham at Hicham.chehab@gmail.com

In God’s Peace

Hesham Shehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
21w500 Butterfield Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148
Mobile (331) 645-0650

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