From a pastor in Egypt
In the midst of the social and political turmoil in Egypt God has His people. This is a report from a Christian pastor speaking in the midst of a dangerous and volatile situation.
For such a time as this
Over the last few months the Lord has clearly spoken to us many times to prepare ourselves for something to come. For what, we did not know, nor could we ever have imagined the magnitude of this situation!
I want to start first with giving thanks to the Lord that though the Church building is located right next to the hottest spot of confrontation between the security forces, the army and the largest demonstrations, the Church building is unharmed.
Though two main government buildings only a few meters away from us were on fire and heavily damaged. At the moment we are not able to reach the Church and to meet there.
Our prayer meetings had begun to intensify the last three months, accompanied with forty days of fasting by the end of the year, in which more than one thousand two hundred (1200) people participated. We heard many prophetic messages about what is to come, clear words indicating a huge change is coming in 2011.
On New Years eve, a clear word from Exodus 34:10 came to us saying, that He is going to things that no one ever heard before in our land. The feeling we had was similar to the feelings of Esther, a time of a great danger mixed with a time of great victory, and how the Lord put her in this position for such a time as this (Esther 4:14).
As I said in the beginning, we could never have imagined this situation! So, while we are going to the streets with our neighbors to protect our homes from the mobs, we are still on our knees in prayer, praying in small groups all over the city. As a leadership team we are trying to form action groups, to organize our efforts to respond to medical needs, to participate in cleaning the city from the huge amount of trash accumulation, and also to coordinate traffic control, since all the police traffic agents have left their positions leaving the streets in total chaos.
Our people are encouraged and courageously active in helping with practical needs, however, we need your prayerful support as the situation is not stable at all.
Pray with us for:
The safety of the church and boldness of our people, (perhaps like Esther, we are here for such a time like this) , the new relationships that are being made as our church members are meeting some of their neighbors for the first time.
Pray also that each one of us would be a source of peace and hope, as the dominant feelings on the streets are anger and fear.
Thank you so much for your friendship and love.