by Dan McNerney, Associate Director
Last year, a group of former vision trip participants and I formed what we called the “Egypt Frontier Network” (EFN). Our goal was to meet regularly with our friends and partners in Egypt over Zoom, to continually support one another through prayer, encouragement and community. Since April 2020, we have had 7 calls together, each filled with love and great friendship.
During one of the Zoom calls, our Egyptian friends shared an inspiring story with us. They said that a number of the underemployed Presbyterian pastors and seminary students in Cairo were scrubbing the floors and walls of church buildings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, these pastors and students were also taking it upon themselves to do the same in local mosques, helping their Muslim neighbors. Some Egyptian churches put together boxes of food to share with these mosques, too.
As our Egyptian friends shared, we felt deeply humbled by their witness as they reminded us of Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). As a result, many of us reached out to our own Muslim neighbors here in the US to form new friendships or build on old ones. We are excited for the future of the EFN, and pray that God would continue to give us opportunities to love one another in new ways.
Read more from Dan about the Egypt Frontier Network in our 2020 Annual Report