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Day 14 Mission to Minister to the Persecuted Church

Cairo, Egypt Teaching Stand Firm Pastors Conference

Time: October 27 10 am – 4:00 pm Egypt time (3:00 am – 9:00 am CDT)

Pray For Egyptian Christians

It is wonderful being in Cairo. There is so much history of the world and for the Christian Church that is related to Egypt. On Tuesday October 27th we have an opportunity to encourage Egyptian Christians by teaching our Stand Firm Seminar to a group of pastors and church leaders.

We haven’t had much time to see Cairo or Egypt yet. We’ve been here a little over 24 hours and have gotten a taste of delicious Egyptian food and traffic. It seems that Cairo has an abundance of both. Today we spent the day in the offices of MELTI (Middle East Leadership Training Institute). They have a delightful staff that is very active in pastoral and general church training. We met and spent some time with our translator for the week, Mr. Momza Job. He was kind enough to walk us back to the guest house where we are staying, about a 20 minute walk from the MELTI Office.

Walking and talking with the Momza was very informative. We came to a corner with sandbags piled high. As I looked more closely I saw this.

Guard for Egyptian Christians

I thought we were at an embassy or something. I was quite surprised when Momza told me that it was a police guard for a church. As we turned the corner we saw this church.

Coptic Church - Egyptian Christians

Caleb noticed that just inside the entrance is a metal detector.

Egyptian Christian walk through a metal detector to go into church
Look closely and you can see a metal detector inside the main church entrance.

Momza told us that almost all Christian churches have armed police guards! Can you imagine going to church with an armed policeman on guard outside and having to go through a metal detector to enter the building? Please pray for God’s blessing upon Egyptian Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Also, please pray for me as I teach Stand Firm tomorrow. I’m posting this the night before because by the time you wake up on Wednesday I’ll be well into the teaching. Whenever you read this please pray that God enables me to be clear, effective and encouraging in my teaching.

Thanks so much!

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Ward Cushman

My journey of faith started when I was nine years old when I realized that Jesus died and rose again to pay for my sins. At the age of thirteen I felt the call of God on my life for ministry.

I have been fortunate to work in the marketplace for over ten years and in full-time Christian ministry for over thirty years.

My passion is to teach God's Word in such a way that it is easy to understand and so that God uses it to bring about life change in those who hear it.

It is my greatest joy to see God work through me to produce fruit for His glory!