Christian reverend from Pakistan to speak on Islam

August 4, 2008

By Caroline Newsom
Staff Writer

Reverend Farrukh Khan, a Muslim who has converted to Christianity, is coming to St. James Lutheran church of Howard Lake, Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. to share about his ministry to Muslims.

This seminar and workshop is open to the public and will be in the church’s fellowship hall.

The workshop will include topics such as Islam’s history, teachings, Islam’s agenda in America and what our response should be. The workshop will allow time for questions.

Khan works with People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO), a ministry to Muslims. He was born in Pakistan to parents who had converted from Islam to Christianity. Life as a Christian in Pakistan is very difficult. The Blasphemy Law of Pakistan outlaws Christianity, punishable by death.

The village where Khan was raised, which had a Christian population of about 10,000, felt the devastation of Islamic terrorism in 1997.

“The village where I come from was attacked by 60,000 armed Islamic terrorists who, looted and burned all the houses, raped the women, burned the church, piled all the Bibles and burned them,” Khan said. “[There were] hundreds wounded and thousands homeless during the winter time.”

Despite Khan’s suffering at the hand of Islamic extremists, he doesn’t harbor resentment towards Muslims, but challenges Americans to see the “person,” who has desires, ambitions and families just as we do.

Khan will also be speaking at the St. James Lutheran Church Mission Festival Sunday services Aug. 17. The first service is at 8 a.m. and will meet in the sanctuary. The second service is at 10:30 a.m. and will meet across the street from the church. The band “Polka Sons of Praise” will be leading the music. The service will be followed by a roast beef dinner. Tickets for the dinner will be on sale $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and under eat free.

A silent auction will be conducted to raise funds for the church’s benevolence fund, which is used to help those in need throughout the community. All are welcome to attend.

For more information regarding the seminar and workshop, please call the church office at (320) 543-2766.

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