As I sit overlooking the Nile, I have to say that today I’m impressed with the coordination between Kasr El Dobara and WePartner’s technical and logistics team.  Each session has begun ON TIME, even in a culture that considers time differently.  And it wasn’t as if people were left behind with the GLS starting without them.  Last night the room was packed with 1200+ people before start time.  This morning, it was standing room only!

Everything was handled professionally from the cameras, sound, light, translation and orderliness in serving the lunch meal.

Thanks team for such a well coordinated effort and making it all seamless!

In terms of content, I am continually amazed at how God orchestrates things that even the best project manager could not.  When Shoji, Mae and I were assigned our topics for the Pre-Summit Seminars, we wrote them independently.  When they were complete, we were amazed at how one built on the other.  The women were encouraged.

But today, it was even more amazing how even video and live discussions re-emphasized the same points.  Only God could have synchronized such independent thought processes and content development.  Of particular encouragement to the women was Christine Caine’s personal story.  The women resonated with Christine’s story of hardship and how despite this, God has used her in a big way.  It would be an understatement to say that women here continue to endure hardship.    They have been given permission to dream for the first time; permission to think of their own desires and take the risk to pray and fast on behalf of their own personal needs and desires!  I was told in advance that this might be a new experience for the women here.  It seems inconceivable that any person would exist without having explored their own needs and felt comfortable enough to ask God to assist with those needs.  This was a message well received this week.

Through it all, I was especially touched by the worship that we have in common with our Egyptian brothers and sisters.  Singing the same tunes in our own languages was amazing.  But the different rhythms were inspiring!  The lyrics referencing wandering through the desert like Moses was an amazing reminder of the historical significance of where we now stand!



Tuesday the WePartner team converged on Mallawi with more than 70 pastors and lay-leaders representing at least 15 ministries from the local and surrounding areas. Mallawi Evangelical Christian Church, located within the hustle and bustle of a city sounding like Los Angeles or New York were it not of the ‘hee-haws’ of passing donkeys, hosted a one-day leadership seminar where three volunteers from the WeParter team each presented on leadership and teambuilding within the community.

The seminar, based on Bill Hybel’s book “Courageous Leadership,” played out more like an interactive roundtable, as ideas on leadership were discussed in open forum and the struggles to reach the needs of the community in Christ-like fashion were wrestled with.  The exchange of information and ideas gave both sides fresh understanding of the possibilities, filling the day fasterthan anyone expected – a single day was not enough to exhaust all thoughts on the matter.

With new friendships, partnerships, and materials in-hand (including an Arabic translation of Hybels’ book) each attendee left with another tool for their respective ministries.  Today, the WePartner team prays for each of them as they lead their ministries to reach Upper Egypt for Christ.


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