Frontier Missions in Egypt

Frontier-cutting Pentecostal missions in Egypt began in the early years of the twentieth century.

G.S. Brelsford brought the message of the Latter Rain outpouring to Egypt in 1908, six years before the formation of the Assemblies of God. In the following years, a movement swept through Egyptian villages as cross-cultural workers received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, came to Egypt, and partnered with one another to train local believers and plant the church where it had not existed.

In March of 1910, a Baptist minister named Ansel H. Post embarked on a three-month journey by boat to Egypt. There, he and his wife would begin their ministry among villagers.

Upon receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit at Azusa Street, Post became intent upon spreading the gospel among those who had never had an opportunity to hear. Post officially joined the Assemblies of God in December of 1916 and returned to Egypt in 1917 to visit the fledgling ministry locations that he had established.

As Post baptized and invested in local believers, Pentecost began to take root in Egyptian soil. During his travels, Post trained Egyptian believers to lead these missions.

In 1918, Post reported that the number of Christian workers cooperating to minister together had grown from six to 12. By 1919, 17 mission stations had been developed with support from 15 Egyptian workers. Post’s contemporaries attributed the growth of the mission to Post’s compassion, designating him “an apostle of love.”

Among the stations that Post visited regularly was an orphanage in Assiout led by AG missionary Lillian Trasher. Known as the “Nile Mother,” Trasher cared for thousands of boys and girls during her decades of missionary service.

In May of 1924, Post reported visiting the work of Mabel Dean in Minia. Post wrote of Dean “and her band of six consecrated girls,” five of whom were raised in Trasher’s orphanage. Dean and her team traveled from village to village proclaiming the gospel.

As Egyptian believers were discipled, they planted and led churches in their villages. The photo below shows Dean surrounded by fellow workers more than 30 years after she began her ministry.

1953_04_05 Dean, Mabel - fellow workers

The story of frontier-cutting in Egypt demonstrates principles that are still foundational for reaching the unreached today:

Working in pioneering teams, AGWM missionaries are committed to partner with national believers and plant churches among those who lack access to the gospel.

Austin JacobsFrontier Missions in Egypt