This year for the second time, the Lord gave us the opportunity to participate in the International Peace Festival, which is carried out annually in North Africa. Our ministry was involved in the peace-building forum, and one of our team members had the opportunity to present. Another leader in the forum was a well-known Egyptian artist, who, we found out to our surprise, is also a believer. She came along with a theater troupe composed of people with various Special Strengths, and she encouraged us to no longer call them people with special needs.
Through the forum, the Lord gave us the opportunity to share about peace-building from a Christian perspective. This is not a minor topic in a Muslim country, which is very sensitive to everything “Christian and foreign.” Here are a few quotes from that contribution:
“SALAM (Peace) is one of the names of God. He who has God has His peace within himself. That same God dwelt among us. The Word became reality in the person of the Messiah. In Him, we have a living example of how peace is built. God is love, and He dwelt among us with love, and gave us an example.”
“We were created in the image and likeness of God, as man and woman. If we share the same humanity, how can there be wars among us? We share the same essence, and as such, there is no distinction between Arab or foreigner, Muslim or Christian. God is one, let us be one as humanity, following one of the great teachings of the Messiah: ‘If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.’”
“The opposite of peace is not war. In reality, war is the consequence of the opposite of war, which is a lack of forgiveness. To forgive, it is necessary to have experience within oneself the forgiveness from God. When you confess your sins to God, you receive His forgiveness, and live personally the reality of His love. Only then can you be a builder on the path of peace through forgiveness, as no one can give what he does not possess.”
The Word, as a small mustard seed, was sown at this forum as a result of this testimony. Without a doubt, a part of it fell on ‘good soil’ and will bring forth fruit. His Word does not return empty. Let us pray that the Lord would cause to grow that which was sown in the hearts of those who heard, for wisdom to give the necessary follow-up, and for more workers. The harvest continues to be plentiful!