The 'Mother of the World'
Known as the 'Mother of the World,' Egypt’s nickname acknowledges its ancient history and role in civilisation. Public discontent, based on sub-par living conditions and few job opportunities for average Egyptians, largely contributed to the country’s 2011 revolution. As Egypt continually changes, God is also changing hearts and lives. OM Egypt’s goal is to reach the country’s vast population with the life-giving Word of God. Existing as a partnership between foreign workers and locals, OM Egypt seeks to encourage the existing church to reach out to non-believers, to direct various ministries within Egypt and to engage the country’s growing refugee population.
Ministry opportunities in Egypt
- Evangelism: OM Egypt seeks to reach out to non-believers through distributing Christian literature and CDs, Bibles and the Jesus film. Team members meet with non-believers face-to-face and preach on Christian TV channels.
- Church Planting: Although the Coptic Church has long existed in Egypt, millions of Egyptians have no access to churches of any kind. A team of people involved with OM Egypt help establish home groups for Egyptians from a non-believing background.
- Creative Outreach: Creative expression has become paramount to Egyptians. Since the Arab Spring, street artists have splashed their opinions across metropolitan areas. OM Egypt values training Egyptians to use art, sports and drama for ministry, proclaiming the Bible through creative projects.
- Training and Leadership Development: New team members participate in a one- or two-year training program, allowing them to develop language and cultural competence as well as learn effective ministry tools. Long-term workers have access to continued development courses through OM International and other organisations.
- Arab to Arab Outreach: To help spread the Word of God across the Middle East and North Africa, OM Egypt organises short-term outreaches to other Arab countries for young adults.
- Refugee Work: OM Egypt reaches out to refugees through meeting physical needs (ex: blankets, food, milk) and providing access to books to improve literacy.
- Literature Publication: OM Egypt funded production and publication of books on the topic of Christian faith for non-believers.
Video: Egypt field overview
How you can help
- PRAY — Pray for more workers to serve in Egypt, and pray for Egyptian churches to catch the vision of reaching out to non-believers. Pray for the protection of current workers in the country, especially those who work among non-believing populations. Pray that God would redeem the political and economical instability of the past few years, as many Egyptians are more open to hearing and receiving the Gospel. Pray for God to provide financial and physical resources necessary to continue effective ministry.
- GIVE — Give to help support the work of OM in Egypt at http://www.om.org/en/give. Please join us in equipping the church in Egypt to help fulfill the Great Commission!
More information about Egypt
- Population: 88,487,396 (July 2015 est.)
- Official Language: Arabic
- Religious Make-Up: Muslim 80-85%, Christian (majority Coptic Orthodox) 15-20%
- State of Economy: Most of Egypt’s economic activity occurs along the Nile Valley. However, with this fertile region framed by desert, agriculture accounts for only 14.5% of Egypt’s GDP. Since Egypt’s 2011 revolution, political uncertainty and on-going security concerns have weakened other industries and services, including tourism.
- State of the church: The majority of Egypt’s churches are Coptic Orthodox. Other traditional Christian groups include Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Maronite and Anglican. The Bible Society, Christian publishing houses and Christian TV and radio channels encourage Egyptian believers, who exist amidst an Islam-controlled legal and education system. Believers from Muslim backgrounds generally meet in small house groups, receiving periodic encouragement and discipleship from local workers.
*Stats taken from The World Factbook (www.cia.gov)