The Learning Commons is hosting an art exhibit, book reading and signing events for the newly released book, "Becoming Joshua: His first two lives".
The art exhibit, “Stories untold…”, will be open Oct. 22 – Nov. 13, 2022, in the Learning
Commons, Technology and Learning Center (TLC) building, room 1202.
Monday - Thursday 1 - 7 p.m.
Friday - Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.
Book readings and discussions with the author:
Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m.
Each event will have a different topic for the book reading and discussion.
Please check the calendar below for all event information, including location and registration.
In his first life, Joshua was a successful Iranian businessman and contractor. He is also one of the founders of the largest Christian groups in Iran today, flourishing in secret. Still, Joshua could not avoid intense scrutiny of the oppressive Iranian government. After his arrest, torture and incarceration in the notorious Evin Prison, Joshua fled to Turkey and continued his ministry with the refugee community. His journey as a refugee brought Joshua to the U.S. in Lansing, Michigan.
Life as a refugee in the U.S. is extremely difficult for non-English speakers. Lansing Community College offered Joshua the opportunity to learn the cultural norms and the English language in ESOL classes. LCC also provided a pathway forward in his education and career. Graduating with an associate degree, Joshua became an LCC alumnus. While continuing to expand opportunities to share his faith, Joshua wanted to collaborate in telling his story and writing the book because he felt responsible for thousands of people who cannot speak to share their story. In 2019, Joshua asked Tammy Vaughn, another LCC alumnus, to collaborate on "Becoming Joshua - His First Two Lives". The "Becoming Joshua" art exhibit "Stories Untold…" includes pieces of art by Joshua himself, about his experiences, and his hidden philosophical views.
About the book
"Becoming Joshua" Book
The Islamic Republic of Iran is home to a Christian community that flourishes in secret. Joshua is one of the founders of the largest Christian groups in Iran today. Born into an affluent, religiously devout Muslim family, Joshua rejected that faith in his mid-teens. After a rebellious youth, he converted to Christianity and began his ministry with the homeless and addicted of Tehran, but he couldn't avoid the scrutiny of the oppressive Iranian government.
- Author, Tammy Vaughn
For more information about ongoing Becoming Joshua projects, visit: becomingjoshua.org
Watch a book reading with the author
This is a recording from the grand opening event at Lansing Community College on Oct. 22, 2022.
Joshua guests on LCC Alumni Stories
President Steve Robinson speaks one-on-one with Joshua on his podcast, LCC Alumni Stories.