International Ministry from Brighton
Pastor Gadalla is the newly accredited minister of the Arabic Community Church, based in Brighton. Originally from Egypt, he is seeking God’s plan for his ministry in Brighton and Hove, and in a new ministry with converted people from Saudi Arabia.
Evangelistic Street Project
Last year, the church engaged in an Evangelistic Street Project. Eleven leaders of the church, joined by a team of six people from Egypt were involved in the project which was run on Tuesday to Thursday in Brighton centre, from 10:00 – 15:00.
“We met with people from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan and some English people. Many people were very interested in our conversations and we gave a Bible to them. Others engaged in strong argument about whether Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or how God could become man. Through these conversations, we were able to reach them and proclaim the Gospel. Training and worship were conducted on the three nights at West Hove Community Baptist Church with up to 40 attendants.”
The church had an Annual conference in 2013 where attendees felt a strong sense of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit. “We expected to have around 35-40 attendants, but they were 75 people - eighteen people are Christians from a Moslem background. Hallelujah, He is the Lord, He gave us success.”
The theme of the Conference was ‘Your word is the lamp of my feet and light for my path’ so the programme was a survey of the Bible. Nine hours of biblical teaching was given covering the Old and New Testaments, with another nine hours of worship and discussion in groups.
"Regarding finance, God has done what it was impossible for us. There was a shortfall of around £2000 following the conference and all the money in the church bank account has been withdrawn. Despite struggling in our financial situation, God has supported us in our ministry."
Pastor Gadalla believes that God wants to use the small group of the Arabic Community Church, though poorly equipped and lacking in finance and resources, in a great way and in a miraculous ministry. He explains that statement:
When I came back from Egypt in the first week of September, a converted Saudi Arabian girl from a Muslim background called me to ask if I would consider starting a new church with a number of people who are living in Saudi Arabia, who have no minister to teach them and offer pastoral care. I responded to this invitation as I felt that God was calling me to get involved in starting a new church from a distance. We agreed to meet through Skype, with all members at their homes in Saudi Arabia, but I run it at Southern Cross Evangelical Church. The first time was 20 September 2013. In the beginning the number of members was six, but the numbers have increased gradually, and we have reached 26 people. God is good. Praise the Lord who helped and sustained this ministry. On 9 February we had the privilege of baptising a Muslim family who are living in Portsmouth, through this ministry. Around 10 -12 people are coming to Brighton to join our annual conference in 15 -17 August 2014. We need prayer and support.
The trouble in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Egypt, is of great concern to us. The positive in this respect is God has removed the Muslim Brotherhood ruling in Egypt, and we pray for Syria’s liberation. Some of the Arabic Community Church members are encouraged to donate to help support some Egyptian poor families. God blessed us in helping some in February and in August 2013. Many Arabic people and English people are contributing in this ministry and English Churches as well. We have a big vision for this ministry in Egypt, and hope to have wider involvement to other Middle Eastern countries. Your support and prayer are very essential to the Arabic Community Church in Brighton and Hove and its ministry in Egypt. Please pray for my Country Egypt, may the Lord protect his Church and fill all the needs of his people there according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
We thank our God for walking side by side with us. A major change for us last year was moving from West Hove Community Baptist Church, but God was very generous with us in his providence and his plan for the Arabic Community Church, and has never forsaken us. Southern Cross Evangelical Church accommodated our worship so we can have Sunday worship 4-7 pm including fellowship, Prayer and bible study Monday, 4-6 pm, singing practice on Tuesday 4-6 pm and Church Online Friday 5-8pm. Above all, we have a good opportunity to keep Church doors open five days a week from 2-5:30 pm; drinks, chat, reading, praying, discussions and internet access are available all the time. How great is God’s plan for the Arabic Community Church and the number of worshippers has increased.
We thank God who walks with us side by side, inspires, guides, leads, provides and opens the doors that we cannot get it without Him. God opened doors for us to do our Evangelistic ministry inside and out. Adding to that we thank God that our church is a member of the South Eastern Baptist Association (SEBA) – we are encouraged to be part of the wider body of Christ.
Pastor Gadalla Tiab - minister
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