Emmanuel: Wonderful refreshing worship – and prayer for the power of God to come in Gaza, Egypt and across the Middle East

Apr 22, 2024 | INSIGHTS, PRAY, Towards Revival

If you want to see where the Lord is being glorified in Egypt, you would not think to start in Garbage City. But seeing straight so often means seeing how God identifies with the least, the last and the lost, and raises up something of eternal worth and beauty.

What delights await us in Heaven, when we will walk arm in arm with our brothers and sisters, recounting the goodness of the Lord toward us no matter what we have faced!There are very many all around the world who are praying for Israel at this time, but there are surely also many stories to be told of the heroism of those who love the Lord in Gaza, and remain faithful to Him in the midst of so many terrible bombardments and deprivations.

In the midst of the ongoing violence and the swirling controversies – and the constant rise of tension on the northern border to near boiling point – let’s take a moment to voyage in spirit to the country on Gaza’s other border: Egypt. Not so long ago a sworn enemy of Israel, but now intensely concerned to keep Hamas terrorists out of its own territory, let’s look at it not only from its strategic role in hostage diplomacy, but also the latent hunger that exists for God in the nation.

If you have not come across the ministry of Farahat Ibrahim, who later became known as Father Simon, you will be blessed by this! Farahat was an Orthodox layman who was led to pastor a church amongst the poorest of the poor in Cairo, the garbage collectors. When God first called him to this work in the overcrowded slums, he was understandably, reluctant, not unlike Jonah. He took time to pray about it with his wife. One day, walking in the area and overwhelmed, he prayed,

“Lord, I’m just a drop in the ocean; there are so many people here and they are very hard and wild. What do you want from me?”

The wind was blowing the garbage all around him, and a scrap of paper came to rest at his feet. As he bent to pick it up, Farahat saw it was part of a page from an Arabic Bible, ripped from the Book of Acts. On it were the words, “I am with you, and no one is going to harm you, because I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:10)

What more confirmation could he ask for?! Though it cost him dear, Father Simon became the founder of the largest church in the Middle East. Countless people have come to Christ as a result of its ministry, of whom many have also received supernatural physical healing. You can imagine the welcome he will have received when he went to glory recently!

Let’s refresh us our spirits with this article about the church, and in joining in with this really wonderful rendering of Emmanuel – God with us from the cave itself.

See also the article From Garbage to Glory in Christianity Today.

You may remember, too the account I shared of the meeting that Michael Youssef led in Cario in November 2023. The team had been expecting 6,000 to attend; in the event well over 17,000 turned up, with nearly 8,000 people committing their lives to the Lord, including over two thousand children! May the Lord and His people lead and follow each one up.

‘In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.’(Is. 19:24)

Let’s pray on for all the nations involved in the powder keg that is the Middle East. Come in Your glory, Lord, to Egypt and right across the Middle East! Keep the door open to the gospel, so that many might from there come into Your Kingdom.

Photo by Andreas Brunn on Unsplash


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