The Grumpy Woman

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by Impact Middle Leader in Egypt

Demyana,* who attended our two-day retreat about the real reason for Christmas, wasn't interested in the beginning. She didn’t look happy at all. We prayed with her and encouraged her. We were not sure she would return the next day, but she was the first one to arrive.

At the end of the second day's meeting, Demyana stood up and said: “I am a grumpy woman. I have never felt joy in my life. Every day I fight with my husband and my mother-in-law for no reason. I used to spend lots of money on buying clothes and other silly things. Today, since I entered the door of this meeting, I felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart and my mind through the reading of God’s Word and conversation with others. I never thought about Christmas being about Christ. But now I believe Jesus is the answer to my worry and anger. I am asking Him now, before of all of you, to clean my mind and my heart. I believe everything is rubbish compared to knowing Christ.”

With a loud voice Demyana said: “Jesus, I want you to be my Savior and to be forever the King of my life.”

We praise the Lord for what has happened to Demyana! Pray for us as we continue to minister to her.

*Name has been changed

Boundaries

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Story from Impact Middle East leaders in Egypt
 
Sara*, a young married woman in Egypt, used to constantly help her mother-in-law. In spite of this kindness, Sara never heard encouraging or affirming words from her – just negative words. Her mother-in-law also stirred up many problems between Sara and her husband. In the beginning, these problems seemed small but day after day they grew bigger.
 
Sara attended meetings offered by “N” and “M”, Impact Middle East leaders of an important ministry to girls and women in Egypt. There she heard lectures on setting boundaries – clear limits as to what is considered acceptable and welcomed in relationships. She began to apply what she had heard, setting healthy boundaries with her mother-in-law. As a result, Sara’s marriage has greatly improved. She has become more comfortable and happy with her husband.
 
God is doing great work through the ministry with girls and women in Egypt. After every lecture, ladies are beginning to ask questions, and some are telling about their problems. “N”, “M”, and guest doctors give these women answers for their problems. The girls and mothers go back to their homes and apply what they have learned. The ministry is helping to address many psychological problems suffered by women in Egypt.
 
*fictional name

Forgiven in the Name of Jesus

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Story from Impact Middle East leader in Egypt

We met the murderer on one of our prison ministry visits. He told us the story of how he had killed a 26-year-old man. Sometime later we went to see the family of the man he had killed. We visited the family many times and talked with them about Jesus. They accepted Jesus as their Savior, and they forgave the killer. Then the family decided to visit the prisoner. They brought him food, and they told him they forgave him in the name of Jesus. After the family visited him many times, the killer also accepted Jesus Christ. Now he is an evangelist to other prisoners. Praise the Lord!