Willow Creek Leadership Summit :: Mama Maggie Gobran #wcagls

Mama Maggie Gobran led a comfortable life in Cairo. A Coptic Christian from a prominent Egyptian family, she taught computer science and lectured at Cairo University. But following a conviction from God, she started a ministry to serve the poor in her city. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee this year, Mama Maggie has spent 20 years serving the poorest of the poor.

  • We don’t choose where to be born, but we do choose either to be sinners or saints. To be nobody, or heroes. If you want to be a hero, do what God wants you to do.
  • Christians in Egypt pay the highest price for their faith.
  • I am a product of this land.
  • Today we put a Bible in every home we visit. Jesus said, “My words are spirit and life.”
  • When it is really tough, I call Jesus.
  • One of the steps was to sell everything and follow him.
  • Growing up, my father was a doctor, so I had many things.
  • True love is to give until it hurts. Forgiveness is not between you and the other. Forgiveness is between you and God. He is holding the account.
  • I am the least. I am the last one who could fit. I am the one who is forgiven much, but loved so little.
  • With God’s grace, I left everything, and I found him, shining, and waiting for me with a crown of love.
  • It is the moment when you die to your self-interests, when you discover the beauty and power in you.
  • But who are the poorest of the poor? It is the children. The children who speak to me from a pile of garbage.
  • The children are hungry everyday, every meal, every hour. They are hungry for bread, but also love and acceptance.
  • They are naked from clothes, but they are also naked from dignity and hope.
  • they have no self-esteem, or self-respect.
  • When one has nothing, God becomes everything.
  • The silence is the secret, and the first step. To be in silence is to be fully inside your own self. But there we discover the taste of eternity. The kingdom is within.
  • Silence your body to listen to your words. Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts. Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart beating. Silence your heart to listen to your spirit. Silence your spirit to listen to His spirit.
  • In silence you leave many to be with the One.
  • If God has chosen someone like me, believe me when I say that I am the least of anyone here.

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