In the midst of global uncertainty, the Presbyterian Church of Egypt is hard at work and passionate about sharing the Good News! They are planting churches and revitalizing congregations that have been faithful for well over a hundred years. Of the 450 congregations which are a part of the Synod of the Nile (est. 1854), 25% of those were planted in the last 10 years – this is a movement with energy and vision! The team we are sending consist of John and Judy Daniels, Morgan and Pastor Jason. They will be led by Marilyn Borst, The Outreach Foundation’s Associate Director for Partnership Development, will visit some of these initiatives and see how God is working through his people. We will experience exciting new church developments along with vibrant, existing congregations and explore possibilities for establishing ongoing church-to-church partnerships for individual congregations.
We will spend inspiring time with the staff and students at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo which is training the next generation of leadership to expand Christ’s Kingdom in the Middle East. After 5 days in Cairo (which includes a visit to the Pyramids, of course) we will fly down to Aswan to be encouraged by the ministries of the Synod in its southern-most Presbytery and spend a day at the spectacular UNECSO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel, the rock-cut temples of Ramses the Great.
As we interact with the church in Egypt we hope to learn from their church planting efforts and seek to find a church that First Presbyterian can partner with. Please keep our group in your prayers during this time. To find out more please check out the trip blog.