Since 2007 we have been intentionally connecting with the church across the Middle East especially in Egypt, Armenia and Israel. During this time we have visited every year, leading and participating in some significant prayer and training activities. In 2009, we were invited to partner with the church in Egypt and to host a non-denominational training conference for pastors, leaders and the church across the region. With the financial assistance from the praying people of Australia, through the APN and some wonderful ministry colleagues and friends, we have been serving the church in this region ever since.

In 2019 we celebrated 10 years in hosting and leading our annual CHI-Ministries pastors and leaders conference in Egypt with a gathering of 900. The rich tapestry of participants at our conferences, provide a beautiful collage of backgrounds and personalities as they come together for a time of instruction, prayer and worship.

The age ranges from young adults to the mature in the faith; those experienced in ministry and those just starting out. Over the years we have translated and printed a number of Christian books and specialist training workbooks and resources. Alongside these conferences we have developed other specific training initiatives for married couples, marriage counsellors and emerging leaders, including seminars on personal spiritual development and prayer. We have seen first-hand how this ministry has borne considerable fruit especially as a contributor to the larger Christian picture on what God is doing across the region, especially in other Isaiah 19 Highway nations. Let’s never forget, that in spite of hardship and persecution through the centuries, God has protected His witness in the nation of Egypt for over 2000 years.

Currently we are developing discipleship material for churches and groups to use across this region and in other nations where we are working.    

This is an important ministry that God has opened up to us in the Australian church. It’s a privilege and an honour to be welcomed into the heart of the leadership of the church in these nations.

I believe it’s for such a time as this (Ester 4:14) that we have been invited to assist, like a midwife does, in helping His church step more into their calling and mission in God.

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See endorsements below from two of the speakers who have ministered alongside of us in the Middle East.

“I have had the honour of joining Pastor Ben on several occasions as a speaker at his pastors and leader’s conference in Egypt. Egypt is a strategic country for reaching North Africa and the Middle East.
Ben’s God-given vision for North Africa and the Middle East is inspiring. His commitment to prayer, his tenacity of vision and sheer. hard work are beginning to reap extraordinary results. The potential for North Africa and the surrounding nations is so exciting. I believe in what he’s doing and support him and his vision 100%.”

Pastor Bruce Hills,

International Director, World Outreach International

“In September 2012 and 2017 I had the privilege of joining a team of four other Australian Pastors, headed up by Pastor Ben Gray, in ministering to hundreds of Pastors and Leaders at CHI-Ministries annual Egyptian pastors and leaders conference at a centre halfway between Cairo and Alexandria.
The Spiritual hunger and positive response from those attending the Conference was very encouraging and wonderful to see. These conferences assist and encourage leaders in developing their skills and in building up their holy faith. I was impressed with the significant influence he has developed with key leaders in Egypt and other North African nations. Ben’s passion and revelation that the
Lord has given him for these Nations is remarkable, exciting highly worthy of our prayerful and financial support.”

John Lewis,

Founding Pastor, Northside Christian Church (Nexus Church) Brisbane, Former National Vice President–AOG Australia, Pastoral Care Officer for AOG Queensland & Northern Territory