Egypt is a very unique nation. In the past we have partnered with a local Egyptian pastor that oversees several churches in the Central Nile Valley. Arriving at the Cairo International Airport you will need to acclamate yourself to the time change as well as the dry climate. The people are warm and friendly and everywhere you go they will make you feel welcome. Though most of the population is born Muslim and it is illegal to convert, there is a small portion that is born Christian. Many of these lack a basic relationship with the Lord. They are simply born Christian because their parents were born Christian. The church is in dire need for a foundation of Biblical truth to be taught. We were told that very few people understand what it really means to have a relationship with God. Almost none of the youth or children have been given the opportunity to accept Christ. We found most of the people in the Christian community open to the Gospel and we were able to teach on the subject of healing and then pray for healing for many individuals. Most of the Christian community is terribly discriminated against. It is actually illegal to build or even remodel a church. Almost all Christian activity is monitored and you can actually be thrown in jail for attempting to witness to a Muslim. During past trips, we had the opportunity to visit the great pyramids in Giza as well as the Sphinx. We had the opportunity to shop in the legendary Cairo markets and enjoy the fantastic Arab influenced cuisine. We took a day trip to the city of Luxor and toured the Temple of Luxor as well as the Valley of the Dead. Egypt is a nation of contrasts. The ancient Egyptian history is colliding with the more modern Muslim history and all of this in a nation that is trying to find its place in the 21st century. In Exodus God told Moses that His desire was that the Egyptians and their children, indeed all of the world would know Him as God. That is still His desire today. Please pray for these people whose eyes have been blinded by the Islamic religion. Please pray for the believers in Egypt to experience a spiritual awakening. Surely, they hold the key to evangelizing the primarily Muslim population. The focus of our work in Egypt is to equip local believers to plant churches and reach out to the people of Egypt.
"The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner." - William Cameron Townsend