Farah Saada Marvil
Farah was born and raised in the Kansas City area to a multi-cultural family. As the daughter of Tass and Karen Abu Saada, that cultural diversity would lead to a personal journey toward God when she was a teenager. At the age of 15, through the love and prayers of her parents and youth pastors, Farah dedicated her life to Christ. Those same youth pastors would inspire her own desire to serve in ministry. With a passion to continue the work that God began with her father over 20 years ago, Farah strives through love and compassion, to connect with the hearts of the people she cares for. Pointing both Jews and Muslims toward the Savior and reconciliation.
She served for over seven years with Heartland Ministries as an administrator and counselor. In 2011 she began work full time with Hope for Ishmael as CFO/Director of Operations. In 2016, she succeeded her father, Tass Saada, as the CEO of Hope for Ishmael. She is credentialed as a Certified Christian Non-Profit Leader through Christian Leadership Alliance and Azusa Pacific University.
A business woman and teacher, Karen Abu Saada has experienced it all as she helped found and lead Hope for Ishmael, alongside her husband Tass, since it’s inception in 2001. Moving from their home in the US, to the unstable region of the Gaza Strip from 2006-2008, she helped start a cultural center and a kindergarten as a way to support and encourage the local community, and point them towards peace through Jesus. She is now currently ministering on the field in Jericho, West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel, and continues to support the work God started in Gaza.
Karen has ministered to women of all backgrounds. Speaking in congregations, conferences, and women’s groups regarding the work of reconciliation in her life with an emphasis on ministry to women. She has taken God’s message of reconciliation all over the world. In March 2009, she was invited to speak at the United Nations Conference, “The Day of the Christian Woman” in Paris, France. Her passion, to see women live free in Jesus Christ, has presently inspired her to work on her first book. Karen and Tass have been married for 42 years and currently make their home in both the West Bank and the United States. She is a mother and grandmother, and loves that both of her children are now also serving in full time ministry. Her son, Ben, leads as a worship pastor for a local church, and daughter, Farah, carries on the mission and vision, as the CEO of Hope for Ishmael.