As I write this, it is our last night in Wadi. The sounds of sprinklers watering the grass, counselors and staff speaking in Arabic, a workover rig drilling for water and the call to prayer from a distant mosque all fill my ears as I sit on our hotel balcony. This is Egypt, an amalgam of ideas religions and people. I have never been more enamored with a place as this. My opinion of Egypt and these people could not have been further from the truth. Before touching down, my ideas of Egypt were shaped and molded by the media. Terrorism, violence and extreme heat were all I thought I knew. I was wrong, the media is wrong and I want these false perceptions to end.
The violence that the media spoon-feeds the public for ratings shrouds the true battle that is consuming Egypt. I have been on multiple mission trips to Uganda, Africa and been spiritually confronted. However, Egypt is the spiritual battlefield. I have never been exposed as I have during my time here to raging spiritual warfare. It’s as if the eternal struggle that takes place in our souls that we all experience is playing itself out right in front of our eyes. The staff, admins and counselors here at Wadi are engaged in this spiritual war every day. Their unwavering faith and dedication to this place and the campers is indescribable. I exhaust the dictionary and still cannot find any words to explain the pride that fills my soul to be shoulder to shoulder with these men and women as the Spartans of yesteryear, equipped with the armor of God, engaged on this spiritual battlefield.
I’m no strategist, however, if there is tactic that will achieve victory, I believe it is through this camp and others like it. This is the most expensive summer camp in Egypt and there are waitlists for both campers and counselors. To give you an idea, roughly four hundred college aged individuals applied to be a part of the staff. The camp only has room for one hundred ninety. That’s four hundred people applying to volunteer for a month with no pay just to invest in the kids that come here. Many of the counselors use vacation days to be here at camp, away from their jobs and they do it without hesitation. Most, if not all the counselors were campers at some point. They recognize the vision of Wadi.
The campers that come year after year are sons and daughters of influential people in Egypt. They are without a doubt in the upper class of society. If anyone has the power to swing the spiritual battle for Egypt in favor of good, it is these kids. They will be leaders of businesses, industries and careers passed down from their parents. This spiritual conflict will not be won over night, it is most certainly a war of attrition. By faith, prayer and perseverance the tide of this confrontation can be turned and God’s love, through the saints involved with Wadi, can pierce the darkness that has masked Egypt since the Pharaohs.