The mission should remind evangelicals of the responsibility such a role carries.

Last April, I was privileged to be one of six evangelical leaders chosen to visit Egypt, Jordan, and Israel, and to meet with their leaders on the current Mideast crisis. All expenses were paid by the three governments and we met not only lesser policy makers but heads of state: personal sessions were arranged with President Sadat, Crown Prince Hassan, and Prime Minister Begin. Sadat even let us use his presidential jet for the flight from Cairo to Amman, Jordan.

Why an “Evangelical Fact-Finding Mission on the Mideast Crisis”? Principally, to be sure, because the Egyptian, Jordanian, and Israeli governments want the support of American evangelicalism for their respective positions, and the mission offered an opportunity to enhance friendship with a segment of the American public that is steadily rising in importance and with which President Carter identifies. The mission should remind American evangelicals of the new public image they have acquired, and the responsibilities such a role carries.

An evangelical is committed to “present the gospel to every creature.” Inevitably, therefore, the lines of influence did not run just one way. Here I give some thoughts on the witnessing opportunities the fact-finding mission offered.

The Egyptian Ministry of Culture and Information arranged lavish dinners for the fact-finding mission at the Cairo Hilton and Sheraton hotels. In the very table arrangements and seating, the Lord’s hand was evident. Thus my wife and I found ourselves seated next to Nabil Saad and his wife. Mr. Saad is the ministry officer who handles the French language news broadcasts on multilingual Egyptian television. My theological doctorate ...

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