Charif Haddad, a church planter in Dearborn, Mich., and native of Lebanon, shares how God called him to be a pastor, during a commissioning service for 38 new North American Mission Board missionaries in Austin, Texas. Photo by James Dotson
AUSTIN, Texas (BP)--It's not often that God speaks through the guy in the next shower stall. But that's exactly what Charif Haddad said happened to him.
Haddad, pastor of a new church among people of Middle Eastern descent in Dearborn, Mich., was one of 38 new North American Mission Board missionaries commissioned Feb. 9 at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.
In a personal testimony during the service, Haddad shared how he struggled with his call to ministry as a teenager in his native Lebanon. During a shower after a soccer game one day, he found himself thinking of all the reasons he couldn't obey: He had a family to raise, a plan to become an engineer, and the obstacles were just too great.