Day 19 Mission to Minister to the Persecuted Church
Time: November 1, 2015
We Are Blessed In So Many Ways!
We finished the Stand Firm Conference in Minya, Egypt yesterday and my heart is full. It was such a joy to spend time with brothers and sisters in Christ who are hungry to know and understand God’s Word. I don’t remember any conference where those attending were more diligent than these in taking notes and asking questions.
The Stand Firm Seminar is all biblically based. It challenges many long held beliefs people have about spiritual warfare. It was a challenge at time to work through some of the concepts and we had many lively discussions. In the end it was clear that God worked in hearts to teach how to recognize and resist satanic attacks on our minds.
Many Egyptians speak a little English, some quite a bit. This enabled Caleb and me to get to know quite a few of these dear brothers and sisters. They blessed and encouraged us as they talked about living in a country that is openly hostile to Christianity. Everyone in the room had experienced some kind of persecution in their lives. Unlike Christians in America, they assume that persecution is part of their lives.
- Almost everyone got beat up as a child by Muslim Children just because they are a Christian.
- Several told of Muslim teachers in schools giving lower grades because they were a Christian.
- One man was openly denied a job as a professor because he is Christian.
- A business man is harassed by the local government officials which hurt his business because He is a Christian.
In spite of this and much more they were full of joy and hope in the Lord. They worshiped with energy and enthusiasm. They were almost all involved in some kind of ministry.
Let’s remember how blessed we are to live in America where this kind of persecution is rare. It does happen but not as openly as in Egypt.
Today and tomorrow we are going to see some of the ancient historical sights of Egypt. May you be blessed today as you enjoy the love and grace of God!