Middle East cleric discusses plight of Christians in the Middle East in Rancho Santa Fe

The many efforts by individuals and organizations to work toward peace in the Middle East was the focus of a discussion and reception held Sept. 27 at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe.

With three international experts on Islam and Christianity, the program was designed to help people learn more about Islam, the status of relationships between Muslims and Christians, and the growth of the Christian church in Iran and across the Middle East.

The program featured the Rev. Dr. Sasan Tavassoli, former Shiite Muslim and now Christian pastor and evangelist who oversees a satellite teaching ministry focused on Iranian Christians; the Rev. Dr. John Azumah, a native of Ghana and associate professor of World Christianity and Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.; and Marilyn Borst, who works with Christian organizations throughout the Middle East in her role with The Outreach Foundation, a global mission agency.

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Photos by Jon Clark.