1978: God called a group of church leaders from Egypt. “… and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. (Acts 1: 8)
1989: The first missionary went to North Africa.
1985: The first group of ministers was formed from Egyptian, Sudanese, Jordanian and Lebanese ministers under “The Arab World Servants Fellowship (AWSF)” with this verse as their slogan: “… that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17: 21)
1990: AWSF grew to include ministers from 18 Arab countries; its’ name changed to be “Arab World Evangelical Ministers’ Association (AWEMA).
1996: Mission Training Center (MTC) was the first training center established in Egypt. AWEMA constructed it for the purpose of training missionaries and church planters, and to be available for local churches use. Establishing another Center in Sudan followed setting up our MTC in Egypt. By the same time, a Medical Center was established within the Gulf region, by AWEMA.
Augustine Theological Institute (ATI) that training leaders of underground churches and grants them a Diploma degree in Theological Studies was also established at the same year.
2006: New ministry fields were opened at the African Horn and AWEMA sent local missionaries to minister each in his country.
2011: a new branch of AWEMA ministry was added to our church development branch. AWEMA focused on developing and qualifying local churches all during the previous years. AWEMA started registering and establishing its NGOs, in 2011 to be an access to minister to poor neglected communities in the Egyptian society.
On the Ministry Level:
AWEMA Ministry turned to be a holistic one. It includes providing training courses in spiritual, social, cultural, and issues of human rights; it has done 80 or 90 community development programs every year.
Today: AWEMA’s field ministries include:
- Mission and Church Planting
- Theological Education and Training
- Human Development in poor communities
- Supporting Arab Radio Stations
- Encouraging Social work organizations in Egypt
On the Ministers’ Level:
Number of AWEMA ministers increased from 5 ministers, in 1990, to 55 full time ministers, today. They are from different Arab countries.
- Achieving our dream to minister to the 22 Arab countries
- Achieving our dream to support partnership and cooperation among the Arab churches
- Achieving our dream for the joint work and partnership with the body of Christ all over the world
- Seeking to cure the Arab societies from their spiritual, social and financial illnesses
- Doing our best to express Christ’s love and power in practical ways
- Doing our best to help assuring that Arab churches be founded upon a Biblical basis; and that national ministers be qualified for the Kingdom’s Ministry