Both Rev. Tawadrous and Shireen were raised as Christians in Egypt, a Muslim majority country. Rev. Tawadrous made a public declaration of his faith at the age of 19 and started serving as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher. He was soon called to minister to local churches. He enrolled in seminary and was ordained as a minister in 2003, after which he and Shireen were married in 2005. Rev. Tawadrous has pastored three churches, with an emphasis on church planting, doing outreach in small outlying communities, and sending church workers onto the mission field.
He and Shireen felt led by God to come to the U. S. in 2011 with their son, Samer (8). Steve (2) was born in Nebraska several years after they moved to the U.S. Rev. Tawadrous previously served at Arabic Christian Fellowship in Omaha, where he and Shireen were blessed with many opportunities to preach the Good News to Muslim seekers and to facilitate dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Shireen primarily serves women in the community by visiting them in their homes and at the hospital in order to develop relationships. She also leads the Sunday school ministry at their church and distributes Bibles and Christian literature in the community. As POBLO missionaries, they will be sharing God’s love with all those they come in contact with through fellowship, Bible studies, and discipleship and by meeting people’s practical needs.