Uit een interview met een presbyteriaanse domineesvrouw over haar leven in Egypte als minderheid.
Over haar jeugd:
I grew up in an environment that was saturated with Scripture. My father was a pastor. My grandfather was a pastor. After retirement, my grandfather came to live with us. I would wake up every morning to hymns and Scripture being read out loud. His prayers were incredible, almost as if he was echoing God’s words back to him.
Als jong gelovige:
Every day, I would read a certain portion of Scripture, meditate on it, and pray it back to God. The things that didn’t make sense I would throw back at him, and we’d have a debate about them. Usually within a few days, I would get the answer to my questions.
God accommodated my young faith beautifully during those six months. Looking back, I believe that my longing to find him was really a gift from him, and my persistence to pursue truth was also his gift. In that time, I developed a hunger and thirst—I really could not get enough of the Word. I soaked myself in Scripture, and the more I got, the more I wanted to share his Word with others.
Each day, I knew that tomorrow there would be something new. God’s Word became the manna that doesn’t stop coming down from heaven. And I knew I didn’t need to hoard it for myself.
Over hoe men in Egypte als kleine minderheid onder de Moslims het Woord uitdraagt:
We’re in the spotlight all the time. So sharing the Word is not only in preaching. It is in how we treat the lady who sells vegetables in the market and how we refrain from paying bribes in government offices. Here, it is often not so much proclaiming the Word out loud but living the Word out loud.
When people ask us about our faith or about Jesus or the Bible, we follow Peter’s command to be ready to give an answer. In our evangelism classes, it is not about the Four Spiritual Laws. The best evangelism method we use is to be filled with Scripture, then to live in such a way that makes people ask about your faith, and to have the Scripture pour out of you so naturally, as if it is your daily speech.
Deze week word weer duidelijk wat een minderheidspositie we in Nederland hebben, en hoe onze bevoorrechte positie afneemt. Wellicht kunnen we dan wat leren van hoe men in Egypte met die minderheidspositie omgaat.
Bron: Christianity Today