sought us out to update us on her son. He struggles with learning in a typical school environment. And even though they send their sons to private school, the teachers are very harsh and have told her youngest son that he is "stupid" and "animals are smarter than he is." It is so devastating to this little boy that he has spoken repeatedly of wanting to take his life. In her desperation she said, “We’ve sacrificed much to be missionaries to other parts of the Mid East and then sacrificed the ministry this past year to be with our son, yet the heavens seem to be shut.” We were unable to solve her problem or explain why it’s happening. But we listened, empathized and reminded her that our Father is all powerful, good, has all wisdom and we can trust Him. She and her husband told us they were encouraged by our words.
On the afternoon of the second day of the conference, we were asked to meet with the new General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Egypt (not pictured). We recognized him from previous trips and also remembered how he was visibly touched by the Holy Spirit during the January Conference. We were both humbled and excited to learn that God spoke through Ron to call this man as a “Joshua” to lead his people “into the promised land.” The Pastor said, “Every time you said ‘You, are Joshua’ I said ‘Amen.’ And later the LORD used that to tell me I am the “Joshua” for this time here in Egypt. At the same time several of the Pastors who heard your message came to me and said ‘You are Joshua.’
Ron opened the conference asking, “Do You Believe What You Believe?” Based on the exchange between Jesus and the father of the demon-possessed boy in Mark 9. With the boy writhing on the ground from the evil spirit, Jesus addresses - not the demon – but the father, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” To which the father replied, “Lord, I believe help my unbelief.” The second speaker challenged the Pastor Couples with “Are you going to believe in the god of the natural or the God of the supernatural?” Interesting….Ron has never seen nor spoken to that Pastor and the message was entirely in Arabic. And, neither spoke directly to the overall theme which was “Let There be Light.” It is so awesome to see God bring things together that no human could orchestrate. Ron’s second message was from Song of Solomon 5 and how God longs for intimacy with us but the little foxes of business, ministry duties, etc. get in the way. The next speaker was a Christian doctor that addressed intimacy and communication in marriage.
Another shared that an associate, one of the young men he had discipled, came against him which eventually resulted in a Church split. Prior to the split the Church had been growing. In fact, they had purchased land and were preparing to build a larger building that was more centrally located. In both cases, time has revealed truth as well as hearts and these two pastors have proven faithful. Yet, the fruitfulness of their ministries has yet to return to the previous level. A third Pastor told how he has sown into the city where God has called him and the surrounding region for the past twenty years. Relationships have been built with Pastors across denominations, as well as ministry teams sent to reach the lost through worship and intercession. Recently a younger Pastor who doesn’t see or believe in this vision has come into leadership. This Pastor told how discouraged he is that just as the vision God gave him 20 years ago was beginning to come to pass, opposition has risen against it and it now seems more elusive than ever. While we couldn’t explain God’s purposes in allowing obstacles at such critical junctures in each of these ministries, we could declare the faithfulness of YHVH.