I was honored to meet with Egyptian President el-Sisi and a group of Evangelical leaders in NYC this week. It was a follow-up session to our historic meeting with him in Cairo last November. (Here are the details of who was there and what we discussed.) #PrayForEgypt

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(New York City) — With my new political thriller, The Persian Gamble, now finished and fully edited, I’ve been in Manhattan this week for meetings on the sidelines of the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Countering the threat posed by radical Islamists — the ayatollahs of Iran chief among them — has been the main topic of our discussions. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need to advance religious freedom in the region have been key themes, as well.

Among the leaders I’ve met with are Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba, and former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The longest and most in-depth meeting was with Egyptian President el-Sisi, whom I first met in Washington last April and who invited me to bring a delegation of Evangelical leaders to Cairo to get to know him last November. It was great to see him again. He couldn’t have been more warm or more open to talking candidly about these and other critical issues.

It was also fun to present him a copy of my recent novel, Without Warning, and to tell him that in the novel, an Egyptian president plays a critical role in working with the U.S., Israel, Jordan and the UAE to hunt down the world’s most wanted terrorist. He loved it and asked me to personally sign it for him. Given that his English is excellent, I’m hoping he’ll have some time to read it soon, perhaps on the flight home.

That said, here is the press release our group issued describing our meeting…. 

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT EL-SISI MEETS WITH EVANGELICAL DELEGATION FOR A FOLLOW UP DISCUSSION IN NYC DURING U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Provides Update on Progress Since Historic First Meeting In Cairo Last Year, Including Fight Against Terrorism & Extremism and Protect Religious Freedom

NEW YORK CITY, September 28, 2018 – Amidst meetings with world leaders this week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with a delegation of American Evangelical leaders for a follow-up meeting in his New York hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Sisi is in Manhattan for the opening of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly.

President el-Sisi wanted to continue the conversation he began with Evangelicals at the Presidential Palace in suburban Cairo last November. During the 90-minute meeting, he provided an update on progress since that historic first-ever meeting with the Christian leaders. 

Among the topics discussed — the government’s increasingly successful efforts to:

  • counter terrorism and religious and ideological extremism
  • protect churches from terrorist attack
  • protect freedom of religion for people of all faiths
  • quietly assist in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and
  • strengthen Egypt’s strategic alliance with the United States.

Participating in the meeting was Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Director General for General Intelligence Abbas Kamel, and presidential spokesman Bassam Rady.

The President said he was encouraged by the improving level of coordination and consultation between Egypt and the U.S. at various levels on security and economic matters, and said Egyptians are seeing the fruit of the government’s reform efforts, including improved economic growth, lower unemployment, and increased tourism.

“Mr. President, you are defeating the terrorists and the dangerous ideology that fuels them,” said Dr. Mike Evans, who was a member of the delegation who traveled to Cairo last Fall. “Fighting terrorism is a human right. You liberated Egypt from the tyranny of the Muslim Brotherhood. You’re making Egypt safer and more prosperous for everyone, and we applaud you for it.”

“We’re making progress, but don’t stop praying for us,” the President replied.

Joel C. Rosenberg, the New York Times best-selling author who led the delegation last year at the President’s invitation, quoted a verse from the New Testament during the discussion.

“Jesus told us, ‘You will know them by their fruits.’ (Matthew 7:16, New American Standard Bible). We as Evangelical Christians are not simply listening to your speeches. We are watching what you do. You’re not claiming to be perfect. But we see you making progress on many fronts. Just this month, you’ve appointed two Christian governors, including the first-ever woman Christian governor. You’re rebuilding churches that were burned or damaged by the Muslim Brotherhood. You’re building a large new church in your new administrative capital. You’re working closely with Israel to fight terrorists in the Sinai. And you’re doing everything possible to improve conditions in Gaza and jump-start the stalled peace process. This isn’t rhetoric. These are specific and positive actions. You’ve got an important story to tell, but more people need to hear it.”

President el-Sisi thanked the delegation for their words of reassurance and support, opining that, other than discussions with President Trump and Vice President Pence, “this was the most encouraging discussion of the many meetings I have had since arriving in the United States this week.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Dr. Evans (founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team and the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem) and Mr. Rosenberg (New York Times best-selling author) organized the delegation of American Evangelical leaders.

Others included:

  • Hon. Michele Bachmann, former U.S. Member of Congress
  • Michael Little, former President and COO of The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and Board Chair of the National Religious Broadcasters
  • Jay Strack, President and Founder of Student Leadership University
  • A. Larry Ross, President of A. Larry Ross Communications
  • Wayne Pederson, Reach Beyond Global Ambassador

(Photo credit: Office of the Egyptian President) 

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REMINDER: On Saturday evening, October 6th, I will speak in the Denver, Colorado area. The topic of my address will be, “FLASH POINTS: WHERE WILL THE NEXT MAJOR WAR BREAK OUT?” Please register today to join us. It’s the only other public speaking event I’ll be doing on this visit to the U.S., and I’d love to see you there.

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What every Evangelical needs to know about Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Sunni Arab world & the future of the Middle East. (Video of my address to the Values Voter Summit as broadcast on C-SPAN.)

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(Washington, D.C.) — This weekend I had the honor to address the Values Voter Summit here in the nation’s capital, attended by thousands of Evangelical Christian leaders and grassroots activists.

C-SPAN broadcast the Summit live. You can watch my address by clicking here.

It was a joy to meet with and spend time discussing the trend lines in the Middle East with many dear friends, including Vice President Mike Pence, Family Research Council Chairman Tony Perkins, U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback whom I’ve known for a quarter of a century, and former Congressman Frank Wolf. Rep. Wolf is a genuine hero of mine and  he was honored at a special gala dinner for his three decades of work fighting for religious liberty and against the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kicked off the Friday afternoon session, giving an excellent and encouraging address on the administration’s efforts to advance religious liberty around the globe and truly make this issue a top U.S. foreign policy priority. 

As the closing speaker of the afternoon session, I was asked to share my observations as an Evangelical follower of Jesus living in Jerusalem of the latest trend lines and key leaders in the Mideast, including:

  • Egyptian President el-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II and the Delegation of Evangelical leaders I took to Cairo and Amman last November.
  • The new Saudi Crown Prince and the important reforms he is pursuing.
  • The leaders of the United Arab Emirates, one of the least discussed but most interesting American allies in the region.
  • And the rising Iran threat — including Russia’s dangerous alliance with Iran — and how this is fundamentally reshaping the geopolitics of the region.

I’ve not made a full transcript of my remarks, but here are a few excerpts:

  • These [Sunni Arab] countries realize that the threat to the region is not the United States, it’s not Israel even, it’s not Christianity — it’s Iran and Iran’s radical Islamism. And it’s causing a fundamental recalculation of every leader in that region, ‘Who is my friend and who is my foe?’….
  • Now, I make things up in novels. But this is real life. Things are happening — Russia is forming an alliance with Iran, Turkey, Qatar. So, to the north, wickedness, evil, danger. To the south, something new: an American, Israeli, Sunni Arab alliance. It’s not perfect. It’s not fully formed. But something is happening that has never happened in history.
  • We need to encourage it. We need to nurture it. We need to be grateful that this current administration understands it in a way that the last administration certainly did not.
  • And we need to continue to pray — for peace in the region, peace for Jerusalem, and that we can be salt and light in every aspect of life, from foreign policy to human rights and the gospel most importantly….

I do hope you’ll watch and share the full address — it runs about 25 minutes.

Later today, I head to New York City for meetings with a number of world leaders on the sidelines of the opening Fall session of the United Nations General Assembly. I’d be grateful for your prayers this week, and will report what I can when I can.

REMINDER: On Saturday evening, October 6th, I will speak in the Denver, Colorado area. The topic of my address will be, “FLASH POINTS: WHERE WILL THE NEXT MAJOR WAR BREAK OUT?” Please register today to join us. It’s the only other public speaking event I’ll be doing on this visit to the U.S., and I’d love to see you there.

[Note: Though the C-SPAN graphic mentions The Joshua Fund, I was speaking at the Summit as a private individual, not in my capacity as TJF’s Founder. TJF is a strictly non-partisan, non-political organization.]

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Is the Iran nuclear threat forging an historic and unexpected alliance between the U.S., Israel and the Sunni Arab world? I’ll address this topic at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Please join us.

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I’ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit and am honored to accept. Now that our family lives in Jerusalem, Tony Perkins has asked me to come back to Washington and address the Summit on my perspective on:

  • the 70th anniversary of Israel’s prophetic rebirth
  • the most serious security threat facing Israel today: the Iranian nuclear program and Russia’s collusion with the ayatollahs of Tehran
  • the fascinating alliance that is emerging between the U.S., Israel and the Sunni Arab world
  • the state of the Church in the Middle East, a region I call the Epicenter

In addition, I’ll be doing a book signing for my most recent political thriller, The Kremlin Conspiracy.

Please register today to secure your spot at the Summit. It’s quite a line up of speakers this year, and I very much look forward to being there and would love to meet you.

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“Flash Points: Where Will The Next Major War Break Out?” I’ll address this topic October 6th in Denver. Please register today to join us.

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On Saturday evening, October 6th, I will speak in the Denver, Colorado area.

The topic of my address will be, “FLASH POINTS: WHERE WILL THE NEXT MAJOR WAR BREAK OUT?”

We’ll discuss the rising tensions between The Iranian-Syrian-Turkish axis and the emerging U.S.-Israeli-Sunni Arab alliance. We’ll examine the trendlines in Europe and the possibility of a conflagration between Russia and NATO. We’ll also consider the latest developments in Asia and whether North Korea is really looking to make peace or just buying time to complete its nuclear and ballistic missile program. 

We will not only consider these and other “flash points” from a geopolitical perspective but from a spiritual perspective, as well. What doors may the Lord be opening for the furtherance of the Gospel, and what doors seem to be closing? How can we in North America strengthen the Church on the frontiers of the Gospel, and help fulfill the Great Commission in light of rapidly changing global conditions?

The occasion will be the annual fundraising event for Ministry Architecture, Inc. This is the ministry that my parents — Len and Mary Rosenberg — started nearly two decades ago to provide architectural services for Evangelical Christian ministries operating in developing countries who need orphanages, training centers, medical missionary hospitals, and other facilities to share the love of Jesus and teach the Word of God.

As the event begins, my parents will share about the exciting work God is doing through this ministry and how you can be involved prayerfully and financially. Then, I’ll speak, take your questions — my favorite part of the evening — and afterwards I’ll sign books.

The event will take place at Calvary Chapel South Denver in Littleton, Colorado, from 7:00pm to 9:15pm. Doors will open at 6:15pm. A contribution of $30 per person is requested to help support Ministry Architecture. Contributions are tax deductible. Registration is required, and you can register at www.ministryarchitecture.com.

Please register today to join us — I hope to see you there!

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