Christ came to reconcile creation back to God (Col 1:19-20). We are all in need of reconciliation, no matter what our religious or cultural background is. Throughout this trip our team joined our own walk of reconciliation alongside the walks of our fellow brothers and sisters in Egypt. We learned that poverty is not just a lack of material resources, like many in the West define it, but also a lack of reconciliation with God, our identity in Him, others and creation. The Christians we met during our trip had flaws and weaknesses like us, and like us, they are made in Christ's image and were doing amazing things for His kingdom. We were honored to be a part of the online broadcasts that reached hundreds of believers and non-believers in surrounding Muslim countries. We joyfully worshipped alongside Muslim background believers who "consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ as (their) Lord." (Phil 3:8). We learned alongside Christian leaders who are working in the frontlines with Syrian refugees throughout Egypt. We grew together as a team, recognizing that we all have some sort of poverty that Christ is reconciling to Himself.
All this could not have been possible without your prayers and support. We believe that every prayer and every word of encouragement was a thread that created a beautiful prayer covering over each day of ministry. Some prayers were answered immediately, others were planted as seeds for the long term work that the Lord begun in Egypt when Jesus died on the Cross. It was a privilege to be a part of that work along with several other Egyptian Christians who have committed their lives to be a light in the darkness of their country.
Below is a short video clip during one of the MBB worship services. Due to the sensitive nature of this gathering, we could not post any pictures of attendees. I wanted to share the sounds of their worship as a reminder to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our team is committed to continue meeting a few more times after our trip to process how we can apply these experiences to our lives here in the US. We understand that this trip was a gift that many are not able to experience, and we want to be good stewards of all that God taught us these past two weeks. If you have questions or would like more details, contact Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more updates on how you can continue to be a part of what God is doing across the street and around the world.