August
05
2021
Blind Guides

We were returning home from a language lesson in Cairo. When we reached the main road near our apartment, we noticed two men were trying to cross the road but needed assistance as they were both blind. 

We wanted to help but quickly realised our language wasn't good enough. We didn't know enough vocabulary. Muddling through with people who couldn't see our faces and would hear us speaking limited Arabic with a foreign accent was going to be anything but helpful!

Reluctantly we continued our journey home feeling disappointed. We are living in this city because Jesus asked us to come here and demonstrate his love to people, and here was a very small way we could do that, but it was beyond us. We are the people that need help; help to speak, help to understand things, help to communicate basic information to people. 

That event was a few months ago now, but we haven't forgotten it. It is a powerful lesson in cross cultural ministry. It is easy to be so motivated and focussed on 'ministry' and 'wanting to make a difference' that we can forget we are 'blind' and are the ones that need guides and people to help us. We are here to learn, to understand, to listen. Of course, opportunities do open up and we can speak and serve but we do so from a place of someone who is receiving.

Since the above incident occurred our language has improved but there is a long way to go and our progress is slow but we continue to move forward. We have been encouraged with how some of our local friendships are developing.

Reported coronavirus case numbers have declined in the last few weeks, but before that we were hearing of more and more people catching the virus and some of our friends knowing people who have died. The vaccination process is slow here and only the Chinese vaccine is available. We continue to try and be careful by avoiding crowded areas and meeting up with people outside if possible and of course asking God to protect us.

Cairo is a city of great contrasts especially between economic classes. Like many places there are some very wealthy people and a large middle-class population, but the majority of people are economically poorer and live in densely populated areas that surround the historic city centre and business district. We have been able to visit some of these districts, travelling during quieter times of the day to avoid the crowds. We walk and pray and look, trying to understand how life works for the millions of people who call this home.

In the gospels we see Jesus opened the eyes of several blind people. Obviously these were miracles that transformed the lives of the people who were healed but they were also signs demonstrating that many people were spiritually blind and needed their eyes opening to see who Jesus really was and to believe. 

Please continue to pray for the miracle of eyes being opened to see Jesus and his love and salvation. Please also pray that our eyes would continue to be open to learn, understand and see where Jesus is working.