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December 2018

This Christmas time was filled with many celebrations, including the thirty-sixth anniversary of our church. There were one-hundred and sixty people in attendance which is an incredible number. We put on a kid’s program and shared the gospel.

  • Pray for those who attended the Christmas celebration.

We were able to go to many houses to visit members of the church and others in the community. We gave gas heaters since it has been cold. As we progressed through the houses, a common question we heard was why we would give them a gift, especially since they didn’t deserve it or ask for it. What a great opportunity to share with them about how much more Christ did for us.

  • Pray for the families who received a gas heater to come to faith in the true God.

As I mentioned in a previous update, after I preached during a man’s funeral, several new people who had been at the funeral started coming to the church. Those people have continued to attend and are becoming consistent members of our fellowship.

  • Pray for these individuals as they hear the Word of God.
  • Pray for my son who has important high school tests coming up soon.

November 2018

This month brought bad news, but as God often does, He used the circumstances to bring good despite the sadness. A recent believer in our church passed away unexpectedly. He was not very old and left behind a wife, daughter, and infant. Pray for his family. Just the week before, he came to my office at the church and expressed his desire to study theology with me. I was excited to hear the commitment in his voice as he had recently become a believer.

Funerals here are three days long and each day I was asked to give a message. There were thirty to forty people that came to the funeral that I had never met before. After hearing the message, almost all of them are visiting the church and desire the hear more. Praise the Lord for the good that he brought from this sad situation.

  • Pray for the family as they recover and adjust to this recent change and loss.
  • Pray for the strangers who heard the words of truth and are curious to know more.
  • Pray for wisdom in all conversations.

I was blessed to see the power of the Lord on a recent house visit. There is a woman who had struggled with infertility and was now pregnant but scared to lose her baby. I have been teaching them to seek the kingdom of God and visited her to bring encouragement. As we prayed, she said that it felt like something left her stomach and she felt her many kicks from her baby. She is so encouraged by this reminder of the Lord’s power. I felt very encouraged and thrilled to be a part of bringing so much joy to this family and seeing them praise God.

  • Pray for our church members to grow in their commitment to each other and the ministry.
  • Pray for the woman and her baby, for their safety and health.

October 2018

We thank God for the opportunity to work in the vineyard of the Lord and for the Holy Spirit who works in and through us to reach others for the gospel. This month’s sermons focused on the gospel of John. We studied in depth the aspects of being born again in the Spirit through the clear teachings of this scripture. By the grace of God, three people were baptized this month!

Give thanks for the clear teachings of the Scriptures and the growth of the members as they study God’s Word.

Praise the Lord for the three people who made a public declaration of their faith through baptisms.

  • Pray for their faith to grow and for their courage as they trust in God in the future.

During one house visit this month, the man’s son seemed to be demon-possessed. I prayed for the son and saw him liberated. The family is still under the bondage of sin, but they have seen the power of Christ. We are continuing to preach to them and imploring them to get rid of their idolatry.

  • Pray for the son and his entire family to come to faith.                                             

On other house visits, I saw God provide abundant opportunities beyond my expectations. I went to visit one family, and they had a visitor at their house. As I shared with the whole group, the friend was very receptive to my message and is now attending our services.

  • Pray for the friend to continue attending services and come to an understanding of salvation.
  • Pray for the family whose home was visited initially also to come to faith.
  • Pray for the ministry to be fruitful and for God to multiply the laborers to join in the harvest.

Thank you for your prayer support of our ministry.

September 2018

I preached a sermon on John 8, the passage where Jesus turned away the men who judged the woman caught in adultery. Some of the leaders and a guest preacher also taught in our services this month. I am thankful to be surrounded by faithful ministers. We continue to visit many families, including refugees.

Give thanks for the support of faithful ministers to each other.

  • Pray for the home visits of Pastor M to be opportunities to share the gospel and for entire families to come to an understanding of salvation.

I revisited the family of Um Mo. She earnestly asked me to pray for her again because God answered her prayer the last time I prayed with her. I corrected her and explained that pastors and leaders are not the only ones who have their prayers answered. God answers the prayers of all those who believe. Then I showed her the words of Jesus from Matthew 11:28. I asked if she believed this, and she immediately said yes. I was not sure if she fully understood the gospel, so I explained salvation again.  I told her about Jesus being the Lord and Savior of believers and that she must follow Him. She is now a believer!

  • Pray that she would continue to grow in the Lord and her new faith.
  • Pray for her family, that they would come to an understanding of the gospel and be saved.

Four people want to be baptized. We are currently teaching them in preparation for baptism and leading them through this decision.

  • Pray for the believers who desire to make a public declaration of their faith through baptism.

August 2018

Last month was full of visitors. We had many guest speakers in the church and many new visitors who came and heard them speak. The guest speakers shared the salvation message from different perspectives.

Give thanks for the guest speakers and their positive influence on the church.

  • Pray for the new visitors and their continued attendance.

I am focused on outreach to the community, and I am invigorated by the success of the home visits. We had twelve new people committed to joining the church this month; this is one of the results from the visits. Five of them have received Christ, and we are focusing on disciplining them.

  • Pray for the continued success of home visits. Give thanks for their encouragement.
  • Pray for the five new believers to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for the seven non-believers who are curious enough to attend the church but have not yet come to an understanding of salvation. Pray for them to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.

We have two teams who are responsible for visiting families in specific neighborhoods. More people want to join the groups but still, need some training. When we visit, we sometimes bring food to give to the poor, but I also encourage them with Matthew 6:33 (ESV)  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

  • Pray for the training of more people to join the teams for home visits.
  • Pray for the families to be interested in the gospel message and not only in food or aide.
  • Pray for the home visit teams to have wisdom and discernment in their conversations.

I am very proud that B. is attending seminary. He will begin next week.  He became a follower of Jesus Christ in 2010 and has been helping me in the ministry with evangelism and home visits. He was working in construction but will now transition to full-time studies.

Give thanks for the ministry help of B. and pray for B. to study hard as he starts seminary.

I am very encouraged by the leaders that are growing and developing around me. I continue to meet with six men each week to study the Bible together. We are examining 1 Samuel, and my goal is to demonstrate how to interpret and apply the scriptures in our lives. Brother M is preaching for the fourth time this coming week. Each one of the men teaches at church; I meet with them before the service to help them prepare and then again after the sermon to give them feedback. All the men are also active in visiting homes and evangelizing. Some do house visitations with me, and others visit people on their own.

We also started a new homegroup for new believers. Our teaching focuses on the aspects of being born again, our life in Christ, and reconciliation with God. The eight men in the group live in one house and have committed themselves to Christ. Please pray for me to find extra time to devote to teaching these men.

On a personal note, please continue to pray for my wife as she recovers from a broken ankle. She has a cast and must use crutches. This has been discouraging for her and restricted her from joining me on home visits.

I spent time visiting my family in another country. It had been thirteen years since my previous visit. In my family, there are many unbelievers. This was the first time that I came as an “official” pastor. In our culture, pastors are highly respected, so this created many new opportunities to speak to my family. I stayed in my mother’s home, and we had visitors almost every day.

There was one gathering of forty family members in the house. God gave me a message for the family. I spoke about the value of being one human family on earth, but the most value comes from one family for eternity by faith in Christ. Everyone was attentive, and after the message, I invited them to join me in a prayer to profess faith in Jesus. Many of them repeated the salvation prayer. It was a fantastic experience!

Over the following weeks, I began to visit them in their home. I affirmed their faith and taught them to pray, read the Bible, and encouraged them to live for Christ. Our whole family continued meeting together every day to pray.

July 2018

We recently had an excellent baptism service, and I had the privilege of baptizing eleven new believers from our congregation. One of the candidates was my twenty-year-old daughter. When she was born, they told us that she had a very slim chance of survival. God blessed us by preserving her life, and it is a joy to see her maturing and following Jesus.

God used the baptism service as an opportunity to teach more about baptism. Many in our church come from a traditional Christian background that baptizes infants. There were many questions about the need for believer’s baptism, so I started a class for those who are interested. The class went very well. I merely showed them places in the Bible that address baptism so that they could read for themselves. Some of the class members that came in skeptical have now expressed a desire to be baptized as believers.

I was privileged to lead a memorial service for the father of one of our church members. His father was a believer, and I spoke from 1 Thessalonian 4 about the hope of the resurrection and the security of eternal life because of Christ. One visitor named Hussam came to me after the service and was surprised in my confidence in eternal life. We met for over an hour, and I got to share with him about salvation and Christ’s promises. He prayed to accept Christ and seems to be hungry to grow.

We are opening a new area this month for targeted visitation outreach. I sent two leaders to conduct visits, and they reported openness to the gospel. The people are very excited about being visited. The challenge is that the area is not near our church. We have started a new home group that meets each Wednesday, and perhaps God will bless us with another church plant.

(2) I am very encouraged by the leaders that are growing and developing around me. I continue to meet with six men each week to study the Bible together. We are examining 1 Samuel and my goal is to demonstrate how to interpret and apply the scriptures in our lives. Brother M is preaching for the fourth time this coming week. Each one of the men teachers at church as well. I meet with them before service to help them prepare and then again after the sermon to give them feedback. All men are also active in visiting homes and evangelizing. Some of them do house visitations with me, and others visit people on their own.

We also started a new homegroup for new believers. Our teaching focuses on the aspects of being born again, our life in Christ, and reconciliation with God. The eight men in the group live in one house and have committed themselves to Christ. Please pray for me to find extra time to devote to teaching these men.

This season is a bit challenging for the church. Most of the men are migrant workers from Egypt, and they leave on their annual vacation. Almost half of our eighty-person congregation has returned home or are on their scheduled vacations. It can be discouraging when numbers are down, and servants are sparse. The quietness is temporary, and we look forward to the full congregation being together again soon.
On a personal note, please pray for my wife as she recovers from a broken ankle. She has a cast and must use crutches. This has been discouraging for her and restricted her from joining me on home visits.

(3) I spent the last month visiting my family in another country. It had been thirteen years since my previous visit. In my family, there are many unbelievers. This was the first time that I came as an “official” pastor. In our culture, pastors are highly respected, so this created many new opportunities to speak to my family. I stayed in my mother’s home, and we had visitors almost every day.

There was one gathering of about forty family members in the house. God gave me a message for the family. I spoke about the value of being one human family on earth but the higher value of being one family for eternity by faith in Christ. Everyone was attentive, and after the message, I invited them to join me in a prayer to profess faith in Jesus. Many of them repeated the salvation prayer. It was a fantastic experience!

Over the following weeks, I began to visit them in their home. I affirmed their faith and taught them to pray, read the Bible, and encouraged them to live for Christ. Our whole family continued meeting together every day to pray.

We also had opportunities to share with Muslims. My wife and I met a woman who had just been kicked out of her house by her angry husband. She had no money to get a taxi to her brother’s home. I told her that as a Christian I couldn’t solve her marriage problems, but I can pray. We spoke about Satan’s attack on families but Christ’s power to restore. My wife and I prayed with her and her children. We encouraged her and gave her some taxi money and our phone number. The next day, she told us that her husband had accepted her back and thanked us for our prayers.

Before I left, my home church leaders wanted me to give them detailed instruction about how to carry on the ministry while I was away. I encouraged them that they are men of God, competent leaders and that the ministry was in their hands. The men did a great job running the church services, preaching, and conducting home visitations while I was away.

October 2017

It was an encouraging month of ministry. We had an Egyptian singer visit, and we Invited many people to join us. There were at least 100 adults in attendance. I preached on slander, rumors, and not accepting gossip.

At the end of the meeting, a first-time visitor named Im asked me if I would pray for him. This man said that he felt too guilty to return to the church. I offered to meet him at his home for follow-up counseling, and he was very grateful. When we met, he confessed that he has been living in an immoral relationship. I share with him the story of David and Bathsheba, and he began to cry. I told him to repent and come to Christ. I fully shared the Gospel, and he prayed for salvation. I advised him to live a new life moving forward. As I follow up with him, I want to encourage him in his Sonship in Christ and to live like it. The woman that he was involved with keeps calling, but he has told her that God does not approve, and he has cut ties with her and has been faithfully attending church and has been coming for counseling the last three weeks.

I have been encouraged to see some of the church members grow in their desire to share Christ. We have organized new teams for house visitations to share the Gospel. We work in three groups of two people. We visit families who have never been in a Christian church. I try to join each team to train them by first sharing Christ in one house, and the team will share in the next house. I also give them training on how to answer common questions. God provided us food boxes, and we delivered them to needy families. The people felt very valued and loved, when these families saw our love, they began to come to the church.

Rejoice with me in the work of the Lord!

Pastor M

February 2017

Dear Prayer Partners,

Our weekly meeting is fantastic with about eighty adult and forty kids. We are looking forward to the second coming of Jesus and the blessing that this includes. I am blessed to see how powerful God’s truth about the future is. One young man named Is was losing sleep over these issues. He told me he turned off his phone one night and asked himself, “If the Lord comes now, where will I be.” I assured him that if we are believers, we will be with Christ. He confessed that he was not a believer and I was able to lead him to Christ. The next meeting Is brought, five guests.

My teenage son A and I did an innovative outreach to local Bedouins and Syrians who are destitute living in tents in the desert. We offered a kids program for whoever was interested. We gathered the kids together and sang Christian children’s songs, and gave gifts to about 120 children. This was an enjoyable experience for my son he loves the Lord and kids.

A, Wa, and Sa are leading the children’s program at the church. It is an amazing ministry with two classes of around twenty children each. They make it very fun for the kids with songs and Bible stories. We are pleased with the number of children but also are praying for more volunteers to help.

Please pray for a new family that is coming from Egypt because of persecution. People threatened to kidnap their teen daughter unless they moved from their home. They are leaving everything moving here this week, and our church will sponsor them by giving them a warm welcome, finding them a home, and encouraging them. ISIS in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula are stirring up persecution all over the country. They are trying to do the same thing as they did in Iraq. One large city was completely overrun, and all of the Christians have fled. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Please Pray:

  • Our church services continue to thrive and change lives.
  • Pray the Lord will provide more volunteers for our Sunday school program.
  • That the Egyptian family seeking refugee will find our church supports and a place of hope.
  • The Lord would protect Christians in Egypt as ISIS continues to persecute them.

Blessings, Pastor M