Ministry and Training to Reach the Unreached

From a Dry and Thirsty Land

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in News | 0 comments

“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.” Proverb 25:25

Together, we’ve had the amazing privilege to carry cold water to thirsty people in a desert of persecution, to weary people in the midst of dry spiritual soil, and to desolate people in the heat of economic need. The spring in Egypt was more like a hot summer when we met, listened, and counseled such people in my homeland. The needs are real. The trials are hard. But God is faithful.

We spent two hours with a young man, my old disciple and friend. His wife died just two short years after they were married, leaving him alone with two small children. Another family that I have known for years has also been facing a difficult time. The mother is having serious health problems, the daughter is paralyzed, and their only son died in his thirties leaving three children.  We met a broken family with two children headed toward separation. Our time investing in lives was both spiritual and practical. Sometimes help came simply by listening, praying, and offering words of encouragement. It is amazing to see how God orchestrates the body of Christ to lift up other members when they need it most.

The widow: this story reminds me of what happened in the Bible.  We have offered financial support to a widow with two children for some years now. However, after we did that this year, she came and gave us a donation for our ministry. She said God told her to do it. It was a surprise to us, but at the same time we received a lesson from God, “For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry.” 1 Kings 17:14.

We had our annual 500 pastors’ conference, our annual 400 leaders’ conference, the Sudanese training for church planting, many other church meetings, and more!

Pastors’ conference:
1. We had over 450 in attendance at our interdenominational pastor’s conference including pastors from all over Egypt. It was amazing to think we were able to touch so many churches in just three days! Our continued prayers and correspondence with them will help water the seeds of encouragement that were planted in their hearts.

2. We are not only focused on pastors, but also included leaders, lay workers, elders, Youth and others who are working together with their pastors to build up the body of Christ.

Training:

Ashraf had the opportunity for the second year to reintroduce lessons on leadership. The seminar offered included 9 action packed sessions to about 23 Sudanese students currently attending a school on church planting.

Meeting in different churches:

It is such an honor to be a friend of the Catholic priest, Baselious, in the largest Catholic Church in Egypt. We visited his church again this year as we normally do and the Spirit of God was there. God’s presence was evident in the worship and prayer time we shared together.

We then also visited the largest Presbyterian Church in the Middle East where we were able to preach during their Sunday morning meeting.

We also served in a special meeting for the sick, where about 300 people with terminal illness and other sickness gathered for healing and encouragement.

We also served in a high school meeting, where about 200 students came to receive the word of salvation.

Please pray for Egypt and all the Middle East.

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Your prayers and support will offer refreshment and help to those struggling in a spiritual desert. Thank you for sharing with us to bring hope and good news to a weary land.

 

If you or your church is interested in participating in this type of outreach, click here to contact the Lift Your Eyes office for details.

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