Lansing Community College

‘Becoming Joshua’ tells alum’s story as a refugee

From Oct. 22-Nov. 13, LCC is hosting a series of book discussions, signings and an art exhibit to celebrate the new book “Becoming Joshua: His First Two Lives.” The book is written by LCC alum Tammy Vaughn and relates the story of Joshua, another LCC alum who came to Lansing as a refugee.

Joshua was a successful Iranian businessman and contractor, and a founder of one of the largest Christian group in Iran today, flourishing in secret. Joshua could not avoid intense scrutiny of the Iranian government, and was arrested, tortured and incarcerated. Later, Joshua fled to Turkey and continued his ministry with the refugee community before coming to Lansing. Life as a refugee in the U.S. is difficult for non-English speakers, and LCC offered Joshua the opportunity to learn the cultural norms and the English language. LCC also provided a pathway forward in his education and career, and Joshua graduated with an associate degree.

The art exhibit features Joshua’s art, and will be on display Oct. 22-Nov. 13 in the TLC Building, room 1202, during regular Learning Commons hours. A special grand opening reception and ribbon cutting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. For information about book discussions and signings, please visit LCC’s “Becoming Joshua” webpage.

 

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