As the political and social climate becomes increasingly hostile towards Christians, Egyptian youth gathered in the desert to praise the Lord. The worshippers travelled from all over the country to meet from 10am to 8pm for three days at a conference center in the desert north of Cairo.
“To sit among over 10,000 young people, worship with them in a roaring holy noise, listen to powerful and challenging messages and pray for God’s powerful presence in our lives; really, it is hard to describe in words,” said one Christian leader.
Thousands, who had travelled from cities located in southern Egypt, stayed onsite, while others were transported in each day from Cairo, Alexandria and other neighboring cities in a fleet of buses.
According to the church leader, another two million followed the event via the Internet and live satellite transmission. The event was called “One Thing,” taken from Psalm 27:4. “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
“The worship music was loud, the lights were attractive and the entire setting of this large youth conference was quite impressive,” stated our contact. “However, what was really more impressive and touching were the tears coming down the cheeks of the young people and the genuine shouts of the name of the Lord that echoed across the silence of the desert, proclaiming that our Father God is the Lord and Master in the hearts of a generation of Christian youth in Egypt.
“Imagine the empowering, heavenly force that those crowds of young people have taken back with them as they flooded back into their cities, towns and villages all across Egypt, assured that God Himself is living within them, determined to make them a blessing for the nation! God is at work in Egypt, no doubt!”
Father, thank You for these young people and their love and passion for You. As they enter into their daily lives, may Your presence with them be a clear reality. Thank You for the freedom they had to meet in large numbers to praise You. We pray that that freedom would be maintained in Egypt and even increased. We call upon You to use this event and other circumstances to raise up a new generation of Christian believers in Egypt to be a vibrant witness across the Arab World. In the name of Jesus who is worthy of our praise, Amen!