International evangelist and author Daniel Massieh has trained more than 500,000 Christians how to witness to Muslims. He will be the featured speaker at The Village Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Massieh, born to a prominent Egyptian family as Muhammed Kamel, was raised as a devout Muslim. He did all the things a devout Muslim does-studied and memorized the Qur'an beginning at age seven, attended mosque, and answered call to prayer five times a day.

When Massieh was in his 20s, he had the experience of reading the Lord's Prayer and was shocked by the opening words, “Our Father in heaven.” Hidden away, he prayed the prayer aloud. The power and presence of God was a profound experience and he wept tears of praise and adoration. He converted, was baptized and changed his name soon after.

Massieh was imprisoned by the authorities in Egypt when his conversion came to light. He was tortured and endured solitary confinement for eight months before being released. In his book, “Traitor”, he tells the story of it all.

Today he trains Christians to answer Muslim objections simply, clearly, and kindly using his perspective of an ex-Muslim. His ministry, Open the Gates, is found at www.openthegates.org.

Open to the public, the evening begins with an optional dinner ($8) at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. For dinner reservations ($8), call The Village Chapel at (910) 295-6003 by Monday, Sept. 16.

Those not attending the dinner are welcome to the speaker's program, which is free.

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