Born in 1955 as Mohammad Ahmed into a Muslim family he grew up in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt with his brother and a sister. Religiously, his family observed the month of Ramadan where Muslims are guided by the Quran to fast and magnify Allah. The children were taught to respect their elders and a high priority was placed on their education. He was taught Arabic, and like all of the students, was forced to memorize parts of the Quran.
As a young man two near death experiences caused him to begin an intensive search for God, but it was the death of a President that caused him to question his Muslim faith.
While in college Ahmed became an acquaintance of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat who was a family friend. Ahmed believes God spared his life when he was prompted to not attend a military parade he was invited to where he would have been in close proximity to the President. At that parade Sadat was assassinated by Islamic fundamentalist army officers. Eleven attendees standing close to Sadat were also killed along with 38 others who were wounded.
That event challenged Ahmed to reflect on the Muslim’s world of violence over the sanctity of peace.
He moved to Van Nuys, California at the age of 28 and while there he placed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ at a Bible study he was invited to. He later received bible training and helped pastor churches in North Dakota and Iowa. He currently is a member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA. He is a sought after speaker on the differences between the Muslim and Christian faiths. He is an indigenous missionary to his people in Egypt where he continues to revisit Cairo, establishing new churches in the homes of Egyptian believers.
“Mike Ahmed has a compelling story having been raised into the Muslim faith, seeing Islamic fundamentalism up close, who still, at no small risk, continues to do missions work in Egypt,” Shane Vander Hart, founder and editor of Caffeinated Thoughts and co-host of Caffeinated Thoughts Radio, said. “We are fortunate to have someone with Mike’s background as a keynote on the topic of Islam and radical Islamic terrorism at this year’s Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing.”
The Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing is a Christian worldview conference for students and adults. This year the Briefing will address the question: A the Church intersects with our society and culture how should Christians individually and the Church collectively respond:
- To the rise of ISIS and Islamic terrorism, including homegrown terrorism?
- To the LGBTQ agenda and those who promote it?
- To the growing threat to our religious liberty?
- To the abortion industry and the culture of death our courts continue to defend?
- To a culture that is increasingly hostile to our faith and biblical truth?
Those interested in attending the 2016 Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing can register online at CTBriefing2016.com.
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