YWAM Middle East

 

Egypt is an amazing country from the millions who inhabit Cairo (one of the biggest cities on earth) to the empty deserts and rugged coastline of the Red Sea. Its beautiful mosaic of people are a rich blend of African and Arab, Christian and Muslim, traditional and modern. Egypt is so much more than the Pyramids! Come experience it with us.

PEOPLE:

Population: 90 Million - Egypt has the largest population in Arab world.
Cairo is the largest city in the Arabic world with over 12 Million.
Egyptians are 90% Muslim and 10% Christian.

Literacy rates are moderate at 73% literate.
It is a mixture of rich and poor with 22% living below the poverty line.
Egypt has 7% child labor but 54% unemployment among women.
33% of the population is obese (Egypt is in the top 20 countries) and yet 7% of children under 5 are underweight.

Egypt has become home to many refuges, most recently from Iraq, Somalia and over 130 000 from Syria.

Egypt

Egypt has undergone major social and political upheaval over the last few years. Though the Arab spring began in Tunisia in 2011, the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt soon after was a major earthquake in the Arab world. The next few years were times of great turmoil with a Muslim Brotherhood government and then a further revolution. 

Egypt’s rapidly growing population of 90 million makes it by far the biggest country in the Arab world (nearly 1/3 of all Arab's are Egyptian). With its traditional role as the chief seat of learning in the Islamic world, Egypt is one of the most influential nations of the Middle East. 

Over 10% of the population is Christian (mainly Coptic Orthodox). Much of the time Christian and Muslim families live peaceably side by side but sometimes this explodes into intimidation and violence, particularly in villages in Southern Egypt.

Egypt is home to 80% of all Christians in the Middle East, and is therefore home to many Christian media and training ministries. 

Recent years have seen amazing vitality and strength growing in the Egyptian church. Renewal movements, discipleship and creative outreach have sprung up in the Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox churches. In 2011, over 30 000 Christians from different denominations gathered to pray for the nation, an unprecedented event in Egyptian Christian history, which has been characterized by deep divisions between the major church groups.

Also, in 2013, 8 – 10 000 people from the 5 main denominations gathered to pray for the nation. 

PLACE:

Though Egypt is a large country, virtually all people live on the Nile River or in the Nile Delta. The rest of the country is desert. The Nile River is the source of all water for the country.
On average, only an inch of rain falls in Egypt per year.

Since the Persian Empire took over Egypt in 352BC, many different empires and leaders have ruled the country, until its independence from Britain in 1952. Still feeling the effects of the recent revolutions, the nation is working toward political and economic stability.

Egypt is rich in agricultural production including cotton, rice, corn, wheat, beans, fruits, vegetables, cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and goats. However because of its rapidly growing population Egypt still needs to import vast amounts of food, particularly wheat.

Tourism is a major part of the Egyptian economy but has been devastated by years of instability from 2011-1014.

Long Term Opportunities

YWAM has been active in Egypt for over 30 years with many hundreds of Egyptians attending DTSs or further training with YWAM in Egypt and beyond. 

There are opportunities to minister in:

  • Reaching out
  • Making Disciples
  • Discipleship
  • Training
  • Youth ministry
  • Sports ministry
  • Kings Kids
  • Reaching out to street children
  • Mercy ministry
  • Ministering to refugees
  • Community development
  • Preschools and children’s' ministry
  • Arts and music
  • Media
  • Prayer and worship
  • Business

RANDOM FACTS:

A key factor in shaping current agricultural, ecological and economic situations is the building of the Aswan High Dam in 1971. The dam was built to help solve flooding problems. However one side effect is that the rich silt that was once washed on to the fields from the annual flooding of the Nile River now sits at the bottom of the lake, meaning Egyptians now have to use 1 million tons of artificial fertilizer every year.

Egypt has been a popular tourist destination for generations. It longs for visitors to return so it can once again show hospitality and display her historical wealth.
Tourism compromises 12% of the work force in Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Khufu’s tomb, was considered the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel tower was built.

The pyramids of Egypt are the last remaining wonder of the ancient world.

Language Learning

There are a range of language learning institutes and programs mainly centered in Cairo. 

Egyptian Arabic is suitable for those planning to work in Egypt, Sudan or North Africa.

Because Cairo is such a big city and travel can be very slow, it is wise to decide on where you will learn Arabic and then find housing close by.

 

Visas

Staying in Egypt is not difficult. 

Many nationalities receive a 1-month visa on arrival at the airport (with cost). This can usually be extended for a couple of months or for longer terms also, without needing to leave the country.  

Some nationalities need to apply for a visa before they come eg: South Africans

Contact us for up to date information.

 

Cost of Living

Egypt is one of the cheapest countries in the Middle East. Food, particularly fresh food, is inexpensive.  More information available upon enquiry. 

 

Travel

Many airlines fly in to Egypt with international airports in Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm ElSheikh, Hurghada and Luxor.

Egypt has an extensive train, bus, microbus system. Train and bus travel is relatively cheap. Internal flights are also not too expensive.

In previous years it was possible for the adventurous to travel overland to Egypt from Sudan, Libya, Israel or by ferry from Jordan. However due to poor security in these border areas most Egyptians would not consider traveling this way, so we don't recommend it for foreigners either. The Sinai peninsula, particularly Northern Sinai should be avoided due to poor security.

 

Short Term

There are many opportunities to partner with YWAM, other ministries or churches in Egypt. Recommended stay is 2 weeks to 2 months or more. Teams can be involved in multiple ministries or dig deep in to one particular ministry.
Visiting teams should allow $8-$15per day.

Ministry opportunities include:

  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Training and seminars
  • Youth ministry
  • Sports ministry
  • Kings Kids
  • Reaching out to street children
  • Mercy ministry
  • Ministering to refugees
  • Community development
  • Preschools and children’s ministry
  • Arts and music
  • Media
  • Prayer and worship
 

Security Situation

The revolutions of 2011 and 2013 caused many foreigners to leave Egypt. Though there is some ongoing insecurity, many foreigners continue to live and work in Egypt. However most would be limited to Cairo and Alexandria, and the tourist areas of Sharm ElSheikh, Hurghada and Luxor.

It is not recommended at this time for foreigners to travel in the northern Sinai area.

 

Who to talk to

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