Without a doubt, our most recent trip to Egypt (April 25-May 2nd) was not only miraculous, but historical as well.
Over the past 1,000 years Egypt has become known as the most oppressive to Christian believers, leading all Middle-Eastern nations in extreme persecution. The only government approved churches were Coptic, Catholic, and Jewish. The only true followers of Christ had to go to underground churches. But, just over eight years ago, with the revolution that brought the current President El-Sisi’s administration into power, Christian churches have been recognized by the government. Five new churches would be established yearly. There were a number of underground churches first to be recognized.
The last time a new Christian church was approved was in the year AD 1010. To say the least, new church planting was a concept totally foreign to the Egyptians. I felt very strong that God wanted to change that. So, I approached the Egyp-tian government officials about planting brand new churches. I received permission for new churches to be established, which would be registered, guaranteeing their right to exist, with the liberty to worship as they choose.
I contacted a pastor friend in Germany, Rev Jean Christof Nadon, who co-wrote a successful Church Planting Program for Europe. I asked him about joining me in Egypt to conduct the first government recognized church planting seminar for local pastors in more than 1,000 years. We were joined in Egypt by my friend and Cubit board member, Rev Ron Teal.
The seminar ran for two and a half days, with 44 pastors registered to participate. We had no idea how it was going to work. Nothing of this sort had been done before. But, God was in control! The Seminar was great and very successful. The pastors who completed the sessions all committed to planting new churches. This means that as many as 100 new church plants are possible.
In addition to the seminar the three of us had the opportunity to minister in local churches. Souls were saved, the sick were healed, and God’s peace and power was offered to all. I also had the opportunity to meet with some Parliament members, who expressed their continued support for our efforts in Egypt, especially with our ministry to widows and orphans.
The CUBIT Widows Farm is still the “talk of the region,” with God’s unprecedented provision from that 10 acres of land, which averages as much as 10 times more than the neighboring farms. Our harvest has been overwhelming. A special thanks to all who support our farm efforts.
God keeps on giving and His miracles abound beyond comprehension. It is through your prayers and gifts that these miracles are a continual occurrence.
May God multiple His blessings back to you for your faithfulness.
In Christ, Dr Ron Charles