Egypt (MNN) — Ranking #15 on the Open Doors World Watch List, Egypt has gone through a lot. Through all the turmoil, there is still reason to worship. About 10,000 Christians gathered earlier this month to worship the Lord.
The stadium was crowded for the 3-day event. One Christian leader said, "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."
About 3,000 young adults came from southern Egypt, and the other 7,000 all came on buses from Cairo and Alexandria. Every day the young people would ride on the 130 big buses to the event, then go home for the night.
The 10,000 people that attended the event were not the only ones who got to enjoy it. According to church leaders, there were over 2 million people following it through the Internet and live satellite transmission.
The lives of many were touched by this event in an extraordinary way. "What was really impressive and touching, from my point of view, were those tears coming down the cheeks of boys and girls and those 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.
The theme of this event was 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."
Media relations director for Open Doors USA Jerry Dykstra says, "We can learn so much from our fellow Christians who face persecution and an uncertain future. Pray to the Lord that He will continue to strengthen Christians in Egypt and give them boldness and courage."