Pastors and Leaders Conference

Pastors and Leaders Conference

Our mission trip to Egypt was very productive and fruitful.
 
1.  Pastors and Leaders Conference
 
We conducted this conference, called The Family and Spiritual Construction Conference by our Egyptian brethren on October 5-9.  In eager attendance were 85 pastors and ministry leads and approximately 30 children.  The attendees were from fellowships and ministries from all over Egypt.  The purpose of the conference was:
  • to teach the Inductive Bible Study (IBS) method to equip the pastors/teachers with a structured, systematic approach to study and teach the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation
  • to demonstrate IBS with the teaching of 1 Peter
  • to apply 1 Peter to marriage and family relationships, long the object of attack in Egypt’s Islamic culture
Our Egyptian brethren were all “fired up” about IBS and profoundly ministered to my the marriage and family teachings.  One pastor best captured the sentiment of all:  “I do not know how many times I have read this passage of Scripture (in Mark 6).  But today it is as if I am reading it for the first time!  I cannot wait to show this to my fellowship.”  Another ministry leader, responsible for a ministry to 100 men in Upper Egypt, said, “I have been under the Word for 32 years.  I have never heard such powerful things as this.  I will teach IBS to my men.” 
 
Several pastors and young men asked for additional training material (in Arabic) and resources.  The request was essentially for the establishment of a Pastoral Training Center/Bible College.  PTL!  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God  (Romans 10:17).  The Word of God will go forth in Egypt such as it has not before.  Pray for these pastors/teachers.  As everywhere but very noticeable in Egypt, a battle rages against the teaching of the Word of God. 
 
2.  Violence in Cairo
 
On our way back to Cairo, we learned of the violence that had erupted there.  Coptic Christian protesters were brutally attacked by the Egyptian military, leaving 24 dead and over 150 injured.  Our accommodations in Cairo was very near the location of the violence.  Our arrival to our hotel, one day after the violence, was rather interesting.  The street in front of the hotel was filled with dozens of military and police personnel vehicles and hundreds of soldiers and police officers.  They were using the hotel as a staging area and, right outside our room door, a prayer station.  This would not have been so interesting had the military not been to violent aggressors the night before.  We stayed in our room, held our own prayer meeting, and peacefully went to sleep.  About 3am, the show of force disbanded because the Coptics did not retaliate or escalate the tragedy of the previous night.
 
3.  Visiting the land
 
From Cairo we traveled to the land to meet up with our friends/brothers from IDD (engineers we met with in April).  They brought surveying equipment and “planted stakes” in the four corners of the three buildings that will comprise the children’s home.  What a blessing to see the footprint and to stand “in and among” the buildings of the home!
 
Steve Witmer, the IDD Project Leader, also provided us with printouts of the plans (architectural, civil, electrical, and structural), which are perhaps 95% final.  Once the final plans are completed in the next month, we will have plans ready to take to an Egyptian builder.
 
4.  Next Steps
 
a.  Pray for a Christian family to move onto the land to act as on-site security, farmers, and chicken ranchers.  Several families are praying about it.  But such a move is not trivial and must be carefully prayer through.  Pray the Lord lift up His servants.
 
b.  We must replace the grass fence with a brick wall.  The estimated cost for a 1 meter wall (really should be 2+ meters) to replace the grass fence is $20,000.  We have $8,000.  Please pray for the Lord’s provision and guidance.
 
c.  Once the home is built and operational, we can petition the local government for an exception to the 2.5% limitation for non-agricultural buildings.  We have plenty of area upon which to build a Pastoral Training Center where local pastors and young men being called into the ministry can learn the Bible and servanthood.  A place for the called to be equipped and sent.
 
 
We see the Lord doing a mighty work in Egypt.  We also see very trying days ahead in Egypt.  Let’s join our wonderful Egyptian brethren in the Throne Room, fervently seeking our Father’s heart.
 
 
Blessed beyond comprehension,
 
Pastor Doug
1 John 4:4

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