Behind the Iron Doors
The car raced down the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, our vision obscured by banners and flags draped across the streets for the Ramadan celebration. We screeched to a halt in front of a set of iron doors secured by an armed guard. When we were acknowledged, the gate swung open and we entered the property of the Free Methodist Church, one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.
It was 2008. Marty and Cheryl Trepus from East Michigan Conference and I were there with Women’s Ministries International to provide a day-long workshop for Bedouin women. We met at a center just outside of the city with about 25-30 women who traveled in from the villages.
We made tissue snowflakes for our first craft activity. Then we shared about our experience of living in a snow-filled world with no two snowflakes alike. This segued into our message about how God uniquely created each of them and loved them with an everlasting love. We taught them about who Jesus was and explained the plan of salvation by having them make a take along a constant reminder of this plan made of a keychain and colored beads, their own camouflaged wordless book.
But the best was last. At the end of the day, Marty, Cheryl, and I lined up in the front of the center and invited the women to come and share, through an interpreter, their personal prayer requests. Then we prayed for every one of them. The lines were long and the requests were heartbreaking. What a privilege it was to see behind the impenetrable doors of culture and language into the beauty of Christ at work in their lives.
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