We have several very important ongoing projects in Egypt and Iraq; here’s a brief overview of what’s in progress now. The video reports are brief, (1 to 2 minutes each) and are downloadable for congregational or small group viewing.
I. Covid Pandemic Relief:
Al Qusia, Upper Egypt – Essential Food, Supplies & Medicine Distribution
II. Safe House Shelter Project:
Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq – Shelter for persecuted believers from Iran and Southern Iraq.
III. Ministry Training Conferences & Evangelistic Outreaches:
Al Minya, Upper Egypt – Ministry Training, Mentoring and Practical Application for Pastors, Evangelists, Workers and Churches throughout Egypt.
If you’d like to help us by supporting our efforts in the Middle East please go to our donations page to give online or by mail. THANK YOU!
The month of July has been an exciting time; Pastor Habib from Al Minya was our special guest speaker; he came to minister to our women in the two special monthly discipleship & distribution services and to discuss our plans for an upcoming Upper Egypt Impact & Power Evangelism Conference we’re in the process of setting up. We expect pastors and workers from all over Egypt to Attend.
In just a few days, Pastor Layth Ibrahim will arrive from Iraqi Kurdistan and join with Rezk and Habib in planning for this upcoming event that we believe will impact the whole country.
The featured video is an update on our monthly food and resources services for the women and their families. There are two of the services for two different groups who gather, one on Friday the other on Monday. As stated in the video, these women represent over 350 families. We conservatively average each family as five people. That’s a total impact upon 1750 people each month. Rezk and Naamah have been meeting this need each month without faltering for the whole duration of the Covid-19 pandemic until now. This has only been possible with the help of all of you who have sacrificed out of your need during these difficult times.
IN A WORLD FILLED WITH BAD NEWS EVERYWHERE, THIS IS GOOD NEWS! AND YOU’VE HELPED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!
PC Pastor Layth Ibrahim shares this short video of he and his outreach team establishing a home group in a nearby village. There are twenty villages surrounding the city of Duhok. Pastor Layth has a strategy to plant a home group in each one to serve as a house church to reach each community.
We want to thank all of you for your continued support for our works in the Middle East.
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Just imagine! These women represent 350 families, that’s over 1750 Men, Women & Children that are being helped each month by your efforts and liberality.
YOU DID THIS! – WE DID IT TOGETHER!
We’ve Made A Huge Difference For These People.
Egypt has been hard-hit by the Covid 19 Pandemic. Currently, they are enduring a 3rd wave outbreak of the virus with an observable death rate of 70 to 80 people per week.
With the loss of jobs and worldwide inflation raising the price of essential food and goods, life has become very difficult for these who were already struggling to meet their basic needs.
The people of Egypt, especially Upper Egypt are among the poorest in the world, with many people living on an income of $50 to $300 a month.
With our help, Pastor Rezk of Praise Chapel, in Al Qusia, has been helping to feed these needy families, now coming to his church, ever since the pandemic started.
This is not only real and happening now but we’ve been able to do this through this whole COVID-19 pandemic; and what a difference we have made; what a difference you’ve made in these lives.
On behalf of Pastor Rezk and his people, THANK YOU! We realize that all of you have sacrificed, not out of your abundance but out of your own struggles during this difficult time Worldwide. This says much about our Faith, about your Faith. Because of that Faith, we’ve witness a miracle in our Middle East Mission works.
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ -Matthew 25:37-40
The first thing that I noticed about this new video, just in this morning from Pastor Rezek of Praise Chapel, Al Qusia; everyone was wearing masks again. I immediately contacted him to find out what was going on with the pandemic in Upper Egypt.
THERE HAS BEEN A THIRD WAVE OUTBREAK OF THE VIRUS SWEEPING ACROSS EGYPT.
Here is today’s conversation between Pastor Rezk and I.
REZK: I was hesitating to write this to you, so as not to put more of a load upon you. I had decided not to write, but as you have asked me, I will tell you.
The status of the pandemic is the worst yet; many deaths every day, the husbands of these women can’t find work to feed their families. They have need for more food, medicine, masks, sanitizers and of course prayers and the Word of God are so essential.
We are exerting all efforts to do this according to what is in our hands. Please pray 🙏for us.
My wife and the two children got Covid but healed miraculously. We pray 🙏and expect His miraculous intervention.
JACK: Is this a second or third wave of the virus there in Egypt or has it been a steady increase?
REZK: It is the beginning of the third wave. It has caused us to cancel all the celebrations of Resurrection day on the 2nd of May and the meetings before it .
The government has announced an emergency state for 3 months.
The hospitals have no room for other patients. They’ve opened other places but now these are also full.
JACK: The same thing is happening in Iraq with Pastor Layth and our Church in Duhok. This is awful!
Is there inflation in the economy over there? Food and living expenses going up in price?
REZK: Yes! It affects every aspect of life. The lack of resources and living expenses have jumped up in price very quickly.
You can see this on the faces of those women.
JACK: I know, this is Worldwide. GOD HELP US! Somehow HE will get us through this.
After speaking with Pastor Rezk I immediately contacted Pastor Habib in Al Minya to inquire of the pandemic’s current effects there. The situation is the same.
JACK: Habib, what is the status of the pandemic in your area now?
HABIB: The epidemic is very high, 67% this week. All churches are closed until May 20.
The situation for our people in Northern Iraq is even worse. They’ve been hit there by a Third Wave variant of the virus as well rising inflation in an already devastated economy.
WE ARE SEEKING THE LORD
WITH HIS GUIDANCE WE ARE PREPARING A RESPONSE
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Want to see something that will brighten your day? Check out what’s happening in Upper Egypt. Our PC Youth go to Camp with Pastor Rezk and a team of adults from the Church for a time of Fun, Food, Fellowship and Spiritual Growth.
Our young people in Egypt get it. GOD is moving wonderfully among the people of Egypt and is raising up a new generation of believers in the Middle East.
Despite the Worldwide Pandemic and resultant hardships, there is a genuine outpouring of The Holy Spirit in the land.
This brief video presentation made by Pastor Rezk will touch your heart and make you smile. It will also give you a feel for what GOD is doing in Egypt.
Pastors Rezk & Naamah of Praise Chapel Al Qusiyah hosted a Church Camp Meeting for their people. It was a time of Fellowship, Food and Fun centered around Worship, Prayer and the Word of God. Over 100 of their Congregation were able to attend. These included adults, children and teens.
This village is all Coptic Orthodox. Evangelistic work is new here; the local shepherd didn’t expect people to come. He said, “Can they bring 30 princes?”
Everyone was surprised by the turnout.
My message was about freedom from slavery and transit as God’s people from the land of Egypt. The Holy Spirit told me, Despite the departure and crossing of the people from the land of Egypt, there were people who were still slaves within themselves, bound from the inside, not without.
I said, There are women who have a form of freedom on the outside, but on the inside, you’re tied to internal slavery from the past. It may be sexual slavery or rape, but you are still tied to it.
This kind of truth and preaching is very difficult to say in villages, but the Holy Spirit was leading me and attending the souls of the people. Then a surprise happened; 4 women stood up in tears seeking the Lord and freedom from sin.
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14 Women came to CHRIST this night, and the alters were filled. The meeting was a Spiritual Triumph.
New Shoes, New Life!
At the conclusion all the women and their kids were given new shoes.
EGYPT IS RIPE FOR HARVEST! THERE’S A TRUE HUNGER FOR GOD AND SPIRITUAL REALITY.
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