An afternoon Bible study with the Rev. Karim Baidaoul is planned from1 to 4 p.m. May 14 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and a Bible class will be at 9:15 a.m. May 15, followed by a 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Baidaoul leads the People of the Book Lutheran Outlook, a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod mission society dedicated to reaching Muslims both domestically and internationally. It is the goal of POBLO "to raise up spiritual leaders among Muslims and establish Christ-worshipping communities within them."
His visit to Fort Dodge was spearheaded by his friends, Judy and Steve Rozek, of rural Fort Dodge.
Baidaoul was born in Morocco. His mother was Jewish and his father a Muslim. When he came to the United States, he met and fell in love with a Christian woman. In 1991 he was baptized and married into the Christian faith. In 2005 he completed Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was ordained and installed as a missionary at large in the Texas district of the LCMS. He is director of missions for POBLO-Texas.
The Bible study, "Islam in the Light of the Cross," addresses concerns the American public has about Muslims, such as the proposed cultural center-mosque in New York City at ground zero. The study also will discuss what Islam teaches and what's required of Muslims. It is a Christian outreach to all non-Christian religions, Judy Rozek said.
"There is not a day that passes by with Islam not affecting the world in one way or another," POBLO-Texas information says. "Our culture is changing, right here, right now. Muslims are in our churches, schools, grocery stores, post offices, shopping malls; opportunities are everywhere to reach out and befriend these new neighbors. The time is now, to learn and grow, be ready for that opportunity when you least expect to share your faith."
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is at 1436 21st Ave. N.