Egyptian Children Pray to Become Change Makers


Date:  2013-07-25

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

EGYPT (ANS) -- In a country rocked by change and division, about 1,400 eight- to fourteen-year-old Egyptian children gathered recently to worship and ask God to change them to be the salt and light for Jesus in their communities.

According to a story by Lindsay Shaw for SAT-7, the network aired the first-ever One Thing Kids Festival, held at the desert oasis of Wadi El Natroun, from July 16 - 18.

"Our vision is to have this generation praying and worshiping God, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to change the world," said festival organizers Kasr El Doubara Evangelical Church (KDEC) and the children's prayer ministry of the Synod of the Nile of the Presbyterian Church speaking in the SAT-7 story.

Most of the sessions were broadcast live on SAT-7's KIDS and ARABIC channels, as well as on the network's KIDS Youtube Live page. This was the latest on location broadcast from SAT-7, which previously has included prayer by tens of thousands at Cairo's Cave Church and broadcasts from the annual One Thing festivals for older youth.

SAT-7 said the Wadi el Natroun area was long an historic center for Christian prayer by monks and pilgrims, but at One Thing Kids - held at KDEC's retreat and campsite - young children took over that mantle.

Many of the children played a prominent role. Some were part of the worship choir, while others helped to lead prayer times for themselves and their nation.

Children worshiping and praying

One Thing Kids Conference SAT-7's Egypt Director, Farid Samir, said in the SAT-7 story, "In a conference like this we saw kids worshiping and praying from their pure hearts, hearing God's voice and sharing it. Some kids told their testimonies of special encounters with the Lord."

Samir said his own children, ages nine and 10, attended and "were spiritually stretched. They memorized Bible verses, learned new songs, and learned how to intercede for their country."

Samir concluded, "We believe God is going to change things in Egypt because of the faithful intercession of kids, and there will be reconciliation, salt and light especially at the communities the kids will go back to."

SAT-7 airs five channels in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish languages to a known audience of over 15 million viewers.

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