Kingdom Revolution. Among Egypt’s youth.
THE ARAB SPRING REVOLUTION has resulted in much hardship for people everywhere. Tourism is at an all-time low and unemployment is high. The Muslim Brotherhood has taken the reins of government. People are leaving by the thousands and Christians have experienced increasing persecution.
What you might not have heard about in the media is that there is also a kingdom revolution taking place in the Christian youth in Egypt. Recently 10,000 young people gathered for a worship conference.
Jerry Dykstra of Open Doors reported:
They came from all across Egypt for three days to worship the Lord and to seek God’s blessing for their country. The worshippers, mostly ranging from ages 13 to 30, gathered from 10 o’clock in the morning until 8 each evening. Many travelled hundreds of miles to the middle of the desert north of Cairo. The 3-day event was called “One Thing” taken from Psalm 27:4: One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.
A local Christian leader said,
It is hard to describe in words what it what like to sit among over 10,000 young people, worship with them in a roaring holy noise, listen to powerful and challenging messages and pray for God’s powerful presence in our lives. The wonderful fact is that these young people came from all over Egypt. About 3,000 of them came all the way from many cities in southern Egypt. The remaining 7,000 had to come on long bus rides every day from Cairo and Alexandria.
The worship music was loud, the lights were attractive and the entire setting of this large youth conference was quite impressive. What was even more impressive and touching were the tears coming down the cheeks of boys and girls, and those genuine shouts of the name of the Lord echoing across the silence of the desert. They loudly proclaimed that our Father God is Lord and master in the hearts of a generation of Christian youth in Egypt. Imagine the empowering, heavenly force that those young people have taken back with them as they flooded back into their cities, towns and villages all across Egypt! They are assured that God the Holy Spirit is Himself living within them, determined to make them a blessing for their nation. God is at work in Egypt, no doubt!
According to the church leader, another 2 million people followed the event on Internet and live satellite transmission.
Dr Luis Bush who heads up the 4-14 Movement reports this is all part of what some are now calling the “Church Revolution”. Christians are boldly stepping out in faith and showing love to those in need. The International Day of Prayer held in the garbage city in Moqatan, Cairo has inspired thousands to cry out to God for Egypt and the Middle East. Young people are being challenged to prepare the way for Jesus in their lives of action and prayer.
In recent meetings, 230 senior leaders of Egyptian churches have made a genuine commitment to make reaching the next generation a priority. They recognize that the future of the church and the nation depends on these young people.
Peter and Bev started Generation Ministries (a ministry of World Outreach) during their four years in Hong Kong ministering to Vietnamese refugees. They have been in full-time missions ministry for over 30 years after Peter’s career as a project design engineer. They headed up the New Zealand team for Asian Outreach before founding Generation Ministries.
Their ministry targets the children of Asia – particularly the restricted access nations of China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, and North-east India. Their original goal was to see 100,000 children won to Christ.