John 20:23

John 20:23

An exciting update to the email below.
 
On the land of the Still Waters Ministries children’s home there is an unfinished Prayer house.  Brick walls, windows, doors, and roof but no plumbing, electrical, or interior.  In mid-November, our brother who has taken the responsibility of the land, Masia (pronounced “Massiah”), went to the land and discovered that the windows and doors of the Prayer House had been stolen.  We suspected our guard stole the water pump and generator so we fired him back in September;  we suspected he also stole these things.  Since wood is a valuable building material in Egypt, Masia dismantled the roof and stored it away until we are able to complete the 9 foot stone wall around the perimeter of the land.
 
Masia, a wonderful brother and a very tough guy, went to the café shops in the area to drink tea and listen to the conversations of the locals.  After a number of such visits, he was able to overhear the identities of the thieves of all the Lord’s stuff:  water well pump, generator, windows, and doors.  A gang of eight Bedouin  brothers were the thieves.  One of the brothers was the “guard” we had hired at the suggestion of the seller of the land.  The leader of the gang of brothers is a man named Fayez, a convicted murderer who escaped prison during the revolution last January and February.  It was also revealed to Masia  where this gang of brothers lived – about 12 miles out in the middle of the desert.
 
With this G2, Masia went to the area’s most powerful man, the father of the man (Mahmoud) who sold us the land.  He shared what he had learned, expressed his outrage and shame that this man would allow the gang of brothers to operate in his jurisdiction, and demanded this man accompany him on a visit to Fayez to retrieve the Lord’s stuff.  Mr Mahmoud’s father immediately refused;  “No!  Those are very bad guys!  But I will go if my son goes.”  So Masia went to Mr Mahmoud with the same information, outrage, and invitation.  And got the same reply;  “No!  I am afraid.  Those are very bad men!  No, I will not go!  If you want your money back for the purchase of the land, I will give it to you.  But I will not go with you to Fayez and his brothers.”
 
Now, on top of his indignation, Masia was disgusted by the cowardice of powerful men he had witnessed.  It was now night.  He went to a café shop to think and pray.  He decided he would go alone to confront Fayez.  Now, the Egyptians know it is very dangerous to go into the desert at night – the only reason anyone goes into the desert at night is to kill someone or to get killed…buried in endless sand, never to be found.  Masia felt the Lord was with him so off he went, 12 miles deep into the desert on an unpaved road in the middle of the night.
 
More than several miles into the desert, his car got stuck in the sand, damaging the gear box.  He was able to free the car and was pushing it along when a man showed up out of nowhere and asked him what he was doing.  Masia announced that he was looking for Fayez.  “I am Fayez,” was the response of the stranger.  Fayez helped Masia push the car to a place where it could be repaired.  With the car repair underway and the two men drinking tea  (Egyptian communion, of sorts), Fayez asked Masia’s business with him. 
 
Masia:  “I am here to get back the stuff you stole from us.  I don’t care about my life.  If you want to kill me, go ahead.  But why do you keep stealing from the Lord?” 
Fayez:  “Who are you?” 
Masia:  “I am the one with power of attorney for the land” (and describing the land and the property stolen from it).
Fayez:  “How much did I steal from you?”
Masia:  “18,000 pounds.”  (approx $3000)
Fayez:  “OK.  I will make a deal with you, man-to-man.  show me the receipts for those things and I will give you 6,000 pounds cash (approx $1000) and then pay the balance on installments.  You start paying my brother to guard the land again.”
Masia:  “We will pay your brother again when you have finished paying for the stuff you stole.”
Fayez:  “OK.”
 
The two men, unequally yoked yet bound by Egyptian/Arab honor, shook on the deal.  A relationship has been established.
 
We have the receipts for the water pump and the generator, we can get the receipts for the windows and doors.  Masia will return to Fayez once he has all the receipts in hand. 
 
Pray now for
  • Fayez to honor the deal
  • God’s favor upon Masia as he moves about the area, as word of his courage is spoken of in the café shops
  • the salvations of Fayez and his brothers and many locals
  • God’s protection and provision over the building and builders of the children’s home 
We serve a Living, all-seeing, and all-knowing God Who has Authority in the city and in the desert, in the day and in the night, over sons of God and sons of the devil.  He showed Himself mighty through an available servant who believes the Word of God…”Fear Not.”  All praise and honor and glory is His!
 
Pastor Doug
2 Tim 1:7-9
Matt 10:26-28

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