Egypt: Where Our Feet Took Us

Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo

Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo

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. And so it is with great gratitude that I think of The Outreach Foundation team which co-leader and colleague Tom Widmer and I “shared life” with in Egypt with for the past week and a half: Kimmy Briggs, Carson Crochet, Cec Murphey, Bryan Wilson, Bronce Rodgers, Susan Barrow, Glen Covington, Rachel Segars, Ron and Patti Gatzke, Doug and Mary Lynne Nielson and Andrew Dickinson. We are grateful that your feet took you to be present to the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (the group photo was taken there with Mariam Hanna who heads up Development for the seminary) and to many, many faithful Presbyterian congregations – in big cities and in out-of-way villages (whose memorable faces are seen here). Your presence was an encouragement to elders and seminarians, lay leaders and congregation members, professors and pastors. And we, in turn, were humbled and inspired by the work and witness of the Church in Egypt. Our feet have a few blisters and our sandals are a bit dusty – but aren’t we blessed to have walked with that Church in Egypt for a few miles?

Marilyn Borst
Associate Director for Partnership Development