Egypt: Where Our Feet Took Us

by Marilyn Borst

I have a favorite quote from Frederick Buechner (a Presbyterian pastor and a prolific writer) and it is not “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet” – although that is a really good one! It is this: “If you want to know who you are, as opposed to who you think you are, pay attention to where your feet take you.” At the end of the day, no matter how often we pray for the Global Church or send funds to support the work and witness of the Global Church, there is much to be said for a willingness to actually be present to the Global Church. 

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A rich, full day with partners at the Grace Girls’ School and Mama Esther’s Rescue Centre south of Nairobi in Maasailand. The Outreach Foundation partnered with Maasai women in the Oloodokilani Mission Area to install 350 catchment water tanks at their homes. The water has transformed their lives. My new Maasai name is Lomunyak, “most blessed.”

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Egypt Day 7: Habu Temple, Deir al-Medina and Faith

by Carson Crochet for the team

For the second morning in a row, the day began with an impressive never-ending selection of breakfast foods. After many sips of the savory French pressed coffee, the group loaded itself onto the coach bus. 

Our tour guide, Mourad, prepped us for the adventure ahead as we drove 45 minutes out of Luxor to the Habu Temple. While strolling through the temple's courtyard, we learned about the symbolic meaning behind almost every hieroglyphic (the pattern on the king's chair represented the sacred temple, for example). The Egyptians also used a very long lasting paint; colors in the paintings stayed vivid after 3,000 years! 

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Egypt Day 6: Adiama

by Andrew Dickinson for the team

Our morning began with our first meal at the Winter Palace hotel. It was a most comprehensive offering, complete with date juice and “om ali,” a form of Egyptian bread pudding with milk and crushed nuts.

After breakfast, we gathered for a morning devotion. Rev. Bryan Wilson led the devotion with a mediation on Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan women at the well, from the fourth chapter of Luke’s gospel.

Bryan began by saying that Jesus does the unexpected. Due to the social tensions existing between Jews and Samaritans, he would have been expected to walk around Samaria, but instead he deliberately takes his disciples into a place that would have been uncomfortable for them.

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Egypt Day 5: Living Out Their Faith and Letting Christ's Light Shine

by Patti Gatzke for the team
Luxor, Egypt

Early this morning we said goodbye to Cairo and flew south to Luxor in Upper Egypt. It is "Upper Egypt" because it is up river from Cairo - the Nile flows north. It is a beautiful area with many flowers and palm trees. It is my vision of an oasis in the desert. Luxor was the capital of the late Egyptian Empire and there are still many reminders of that great empire here.

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Egypt Day 4: Moassat

by Kimmy Briggs for the team

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”   Isaiah 43:19

Today the group broke into three groups to visit churches for worship. I had the opportunity to visit the Moassat Church, just outside of Cairo. This was my third visit to Moassat and today, I hardly recognized it when we arrived. The building looks nothing like it once did.

There is now a structure for four floors with much of the first floor nearing completion including a “small” chapel (it was still larger than their rented space, but smaller than the new worship space will be), which is being used for worship, two clinic rooms with some basic equipment, a sanctuary that will eventually seat 500 people, and the beginning of a nursery. 

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Egypt Day 3: A Day of Culture in Cairo

by Susan Barrow for the team

After an early breakfast, our group journeyed across Cairo on a wonderful city tour. Our city tour ended at the Ancient Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. With our photographs made and a camel trek in the desert completed; we headed to Old Coptic Cairo. Here we visited the Church of the Virgin Mary also known as the Hanging Church and the Church of St. Sergius and Baacus (the one pictured below). After a delightful lunch on a boat on the Nile, we spent our afternoon exploring the Egyptian Museum. 

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