Jesus Environment

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by Impact Middle East leader in Egypt

An oppressive spirit permeated this little village in upper Egypt. The people were superstitious, believing in ghosts and that luck determined their futures. The main goal of young women in the village was to get married, no matter what kind of husband or family they would have. Families fought; young people had nothing to do. The children looked miserable, and they had no educational opportunities. The buildings were run down – windows broken out, pieces of sharp glass scattering the ground.

As a team of ministry leaders, we visited this village. The people were like sheep without a shepherd. We decided to bring a Jesus environment of love, joy, and hope to them.

We started by reading and discussing the Bible's book of Mark with the adults. We talked about their lives in Christ, raising their awareness of the beauty of the Lord and His Word. They began to ask questions. We gave them Bibles. We told the children Bible stories, taught them songs, and prayed with them.

When we left after a week of ministry, we could already see changes in the people. We chose some potential leaders to train in the near future. We noticed the children were smiling more and were singing “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”

Yes, wherever there is a Jesus environment, people find the way, the truth and the life.

The Simple Jesus

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by Impact Middle East leader in Egypt

Before our home meeting began, one of the regular attenders called to ask if he could bring a guest. I asked him who the guest was. He responded, “Somebody from a different religious background.” I said, “OK. No worries.”

Half an hour later the regular attender arrived with his guest, a young woman named Lamis. As we began to pray and worship the Lord, I noticed tears coming down her face. I didn’t know what was happening inside the visitor's heart, but I asked the Lord to give her peace.

Then the meeting moved to a discussion about Jesus. Lamis started to ask questions because she struggled to know whether Jesus was God or a great prophet. Group members used complicated theological arguments to try to convince her that Jesus is the true God. Finally, someone began to talk about the Jesus who loves us all and meets our needs. He spoke about the Jesus who forgives our sins and remembers them no more, the Jesus who changes our lives from dust to glory, from darkness to light and who gives meaning to our lives.  

When he finished speaking, Lamis looked at us and said, “Brothers and sisters, Jesus … Jesus is the one I have been searching for! I need someone who loves me even though I am a sinner, someone who understands me and where I come from. Someone who knows my heart, someone who can forgive and forget my sin. I need someone who can change my whole life and take me on a new path, even when the road is bumpy.” Before we ended the meeting, Lamis gave her life to Christ.

I left that home with praise in my heart. “Thank you, Jesus, because you care for us. You came from heaven to earth to show us the way. You paid the price on the cross for our sins. You rose from death to glory to give us hope for the future here and in eternity. Thank you, Lord, for Lamis and her new life in You. And, above of all, thank You for opening our eyes to know You in a simple and caring way.

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!