Pastor M

Recent Ministry

This month we continued to work in the same area of the city that was newly opened up to us last month. Historically, this has been a difficult place to work because the intelligence has stepped in to try and stop the work numerous times. We are very encouraged, however, because we have a less visible ministry strategy that has proven to give us many opportunities already. Five people have professed faith in Christ after a few Bible studies. Since then, I have transferred the oversight of this area to another leader, and it is exciting to see him grow through this responsibility.

  • Pray for this new area of ministry and for our work there to be discrete and effective as we seek to share the good news with people.
  • Pray for the new believers to stand firm in their faith and to rely upon God.
  • Pray for the new leader to have wisdom and discernment as he leads the believers.

We were also able to plan a medical clinic for people of our congregation as well as others that needed care. This was a great time to be able to meet more people and minister to them spiritually while they were coming to receive physical help.

  • Pray for the love that was shown through this medical clinic to lead people to faith in God.
  • Pray for the medical needs that were treated.

Last Months Ministry

This month we renewed our evangelism outreach in an area of town that we had not been to for a long time due to political pressure. We did specialized training for the believers who live there. The goal was to equip the participants with the necessary tools and competency to share the good news, lead someone to Christ, and began to disciple the new believer to do the same. Twelve people attended and were hungry and eager for this information. We appointed two people to oversee the outreach in this new area.

  • Pray for the believers as they share the gospel message, pray for wisdom and safety.
  • Pray for those who hear to be willing to listen and to come to faith in God.

I started a Bible study with a family that just moved to this area from my hometown. It was a joy for God to bring this about in my ministry.

  • Pray for this Bible study to flourish.
  • Pray for the participants to grow in their relationship with God as they study His word.

Pray for the pressure that the church is facing from the Coptic churches here. The people who attend our meetings are being told that since they come to our meetings, their sins will not be forgiven. The believers do not listen to these lies and know it is not the truth, but it is disturbing to see the extent that the Coptic churches will go and how they are against us due to our faith in the true God.

  • Pray for courage to withstand the persecutions and lies of unbelievers.
  • Pray for assurance of salvation for the believers and for God to use this situation to bring more people closer to Him.

Pastor M’s Story

(Editors Note: Names and places have been changed or redacted due to government persecution.)

My name is Pastor M, and I am a church planter in the Middle East. I grew up in Egypt and in my early 20’s began living with a Coptic Catholic religious family. They took me to church, and I eventually was ordained as a deacon in the Catholic church in Egypt. After some time I traveled to another country looking for work and a better future. In this new land, a friend of mine invited me to attend a Baptist church. I joined him on Sunday and enjoyed the music and felt at home, the preacher that week was preaching from Ephesians 2:8-9.

I learned that to be saved was not by the good deeds and the ministry I was doing but by grace through faith in what Jesus did for me on the cross. I struggled with this and was in turmoil on the inside because of my background in the Catholic church. Shortly after that, my friend who invited me to the church meeting started a bible study. The next Sunday my friend came directly to me and asked me if I want to become a follower of Jesus Christ. I told him yes because I now understood that I could only be saved by Jesus’s work on the cross, not by my good deeds. It was then in 1988 that I gave my life to Jesus Christ.

Since that time I have pursued knowing Jesus Christ. He is my greatest treasure, and I am grateful that He chose me to be his child. I desire that the people in my community become followers of Jesus and know Him as I know Him.

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