by Sue Armstrong, vision trip participant
Associate Director Dan McNerney is currently leading a trip in Egypt, introducing the team to Frontier Fellowship partners and God’s work through the Egyptian Church. Here, a participant shares an update from their time together.
There is a beautiful series of bronze Arabic sculptures in the sanctuary of Kasr El Dobara church in Cairo, Egypt. The one over the altar reads more of Jesus, and the others placed around the church say more of Jesus in my home, in my work, in my studies, in my country, in my personality, in my generation.
We left the US with the expectation that we might know more of Jesus through our time with Egyptian Christians but found ourselves initially distracted by long and delayed travel. One flight was held up by a serious bomb threat that closed part of the airport, a second by a seriously ill passenger who had to be rescued by an ambulance from the tarmac and subsequent refueling for the plane and others by normal repairs and maintenance—all resulting in 25–30 hour transit times for many of us on the team. After a very short night, our expectations for our first day were directed more towards our hope for a morning coffee than spiritual renewal. And yet, God surprised us.
Two Egyptian friends shared with us their deep hunger for God and their frustration with the nominal faith they’d inherited from their families. They sought after the Truth, and in spite of the suffering, imprisonment and rejection they’d endured for their faith in Jesus, they were full of joy as they celebrated the living God coming into their lives.
One woman shared about encountering Jesus through four different visions. We all laughed together as she told us of her longing for even more visions of Him.
God promises us, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV). I want to know more of Jesus, too, and am encouraged through this scripture and the testimony of an Egyptian sister to continue to ask Him to reveal more of Himself in my life.