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Mrs. Copeland and Miss Smith say the Muslim Background Believers Convention offers a chance for fellowship with other Christians in similar circumstances.

“It’s good to meet other people, who think like you and understand what you’re going through,” Miss Smith says.

For those who came from Protestant or Catholic backgrounds, the conference offered a chance to understand the Muslim culture and what converts from Islam are experiencing.

“What [this convention] is trying to do is bring people together and say, ‘Let’s focus … [and understand] all these cultural differences that draw us apart,’” says Julie Stall, one of the 17 speakers. “[The] whole idea of how we help each other is a very important topic.”