Based in Liverpool, England — the first stop for refugees entering England — Shapoor calls this strategic location home for him and his outreach. As a former asylum seeker from his native land of Iran, Shapoor is all too familiar with the fears and struggles that many refugees experience after leaving their war-torn homelands or oppressive governments. He’s also familiar with the religious identity that keeps many immigrants in bondage — a bondage that’s now appearing to be weakening as more and more new arrivals in Europe are expressing interest in learning about Jesus and the salvation, hope and life He offers. As a former Muslim and refugee himself, Shapoor is uniquely qualified to reach immigrants, especially those who call Islam their faith. Fluent in Farsi (language in Iran) and conversant in Turkish and Arabic, Shapoor easily communicates and explains the foundations and Biblical truths of the Christian beliefs to his brothers and sisters from the Middle East, other parts of Asia and from Africa. In addition, his firsthand knowledge of Islam as a former adherent himself, has equipped him with a special advantage when it comes to countering misunderstandings, objections or misconceptions that many Muslims have about Jesus in general. Today, our world is witnessing a phenomenon like none before — more Muslims are coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus as their Lord and Savior than in any other time in history. Shapoor is part of this movement.
Partnering with churches throughout Europe to reach refugee communities