Rock Dell and Our Savior’s Lutheran churches in the Belview area are holding a joint service this Sunday starting at 9 a.m.

Following the service, a special speaker will be presenting. The public is invited to come listen to Karim Yaghleji tell his story about living in Syria, the persecution of Christians and how other Christians can be encouraged by this Christian family across the world.

His presentation is an eye-opening experience to what is happening in the Middle East. Those who attend will be encouraged, knowing they are part of a greater purpose in Christ by listening to his story.

It has been a long road since Karim Yaghleji left his war-torn homeland of Syrian and first moved to Joplin, Mo., at the end of 2012.

Yaghleji was born in Hassaka, Syria. He moved to Aleppo when he was 12 years old. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in linguistics from Aleppo University in Syria.

He taught English as a second language and English for specific purposes at Aleppo University for more than four years. Yagh-leji studied the Bible with a pastor in Joplin and completed his Greek and Hebrew at Martin Luther College in New Ulm. He is now studying to become a pastor at Bethany Lutheran Theological Sem-inary in Mankato. Yaghleji also has accomplished much in the field of education.

As a professor he taught at Aleppo University in many different departments. He worked as a teacher at United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees and at NALA. He currently works for WELS Multi-Language Publications as a translator.

Yaghleji is married to Anna Yaghleji. They will have a little one by August 2017.

He hopes to graduate from Bethany Seminary in 2020 and start an all Arabic service at the church to which he is called.

All are welcome to come and hear the message from this Syrian Christian.