Elder Fayah Ishak from Kasr El Dobara Church in Cairo Egypt delivered an inspirational message at Northland today. He will also be speaking tomorrow and the message will be available at the Northland website, probably by Wednesday of this week. He spoke about the depth of God's love and our need to abide in Christ like the branches abide in the vine.
Then he spoke about how intimately related our lives are to each others and how God uses ordinary people. We don't have to be extraordinary for God to use us. First he shared an anecdote about a man he met in Ohio. To his surprise the man asked if he knew two men in Egypt. This pastor was taken aback with his question as there are over 50 million people in Egypt. Well to his astonishment, he recognized the name of one of the men. Turns out that the young man's father (he produced a worn thin paper with the documentation) had sponsored two young boys in Egypt through an orphanage. The son wanted to know what had become of them. Turns out that one of those young men later became a well known Christian writer in Egypt who wrote over 40 books and his grandson, now is a worship leader in Elder Fayez' church in El Cairo.
He also told the story of a Florida woman who obeyed God and went to Egypt as a missionary. Her name was Lillian Trasher. At first she didn't know what to do there, but God started doing something. People began to bring her babies that were abandoned, orphaned, or dying and she took them in. Because of her dedication and love for God she was able to love and nurture thousands of children. Of course others who remain anonymous to us (because no one is anonymous to God), joined in to help her in her work. He told of doctors, teachers, and nurses who are productive citizens today because of her efforts. She was just an ordinary servant of God, who listened to his call. One of the amazing things the pastor did not tell was that she forsook a marriage to follow God's call. She is tenderly remembered in Egypt, as Mama Lily, and lived from 1887 to 1961. It was during a fund raising trip to the United States that the father of the man from Ohio sponsored those two boys in one of Lillian Trasher's orphanages. The orphanages she founded are still functioning in Egypt today.