Taysir Abu Saada, Founder
The founder of Hope for Ishmael, Taysir (Tass) Abu Saada was born in the Gaza Strip in 1951. After growing weary of refugee life, his parents immigrated to Saudi Arabia where he was raised a Muslim and was taught to hate the Jews, even their very existence. After the Israeli victory over the Arabs in the 1967 war, his desire t0 return and fight to redeem the Arab pride boiled over. Without his family’s knowledge or consent, Tass traveled to Syria and joined Arafat’s PLO Fatah Forces where he was trained as a sniper and assassin to kill Jews. He later also trained Arab children to fight and kill Jews. If he found a home belonging to followers of Jesus, he would sometimes throw a grenade inside and bombard it with a barrage of machine-gun fire. He has no idea how many people were killed and wounded in such attacks.
In 1974, Tass came to the United States. He found Americans generally to be loving and caring, completely opposite of what he had been taught, so he decided to stay by marrying an American girl (Karen). He became very successful in the hotel and restaurant business and became an American citizen in 1979.
In 1993, through a supernatural encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, he became a “born again” believer. Ever since, Tass and Karen have been taking the message of Jesus back to the people he once hated and persecuted, the Jews and the Arab Christians, and to his former brethren, the Muslims.
Tass is author of Once An Arafat Man