Global Leadership Summit – Mama Maggie

Mama Maggie Gobran

Founder and CEO, Stephens Children Ministry
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Mama Maggie Gobran led a comfortable life in Cairo. A Coptic Christian from a prominent Egyptian family, she taught computer science and lectured at Cairo University. But following a conviction from God, she started a ministry to serve the poor in her city. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee this year, Mama Maggie has spent 20 years serving the poorest of the poor.


Session Notes: Tough Callings

Bill Hybels‘ opening thoughts:

We all love rags to riches leadership stories, but if we’re not careful we think that everything we lead should go up and to the right.

But what if God selected a few leaders to lead things that are important but will never reach heightened levels of earthly success?

How subtly addicted as leaders are we to the narcotic of growth and success?

Notes from  Mama Maggie’s talk:

We don’t choose where to be born, but we choose whether to be sinners or saints.  We can choose to be a nobody or a hero.  To be a hero, do what God is calling you to do.

Egypt has sent to heaven the most martyrs in history.

To be elegant comes from inside.  To be elegant is to love, and true love is to give…and to give until it hurts.

Forgiveness is not between you and the other, it’s between you and God.  He is holding the account.

When one has nothing, God becomes everything.

When I touch a poor child, I’m touching Jesus.  When I listen to a poor child, I’m listening to God’s heart beating for all humanity.

Have a pure heart and get to know The Almighty.

The silence is the secret.

To be in silent is to fully be inside your own self and there we discover the taste of eternity.

Silence your body to listen to your words.  Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts.  Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart beating.  Silence your heart to listen to your spirit.  Silence your spirit to listen to His spirit.

In silence you leave the many to be with The One.

My thoughts:

I was absolutely captivated by the humility of this amazing woman.  She has so much reverence for God and the calling He has for her.  Words are not enough.

May we all be so confidently humble in God’s calling on our lives…

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One comment

  • Paula Lipper August 12, 2011  

    “Your thoughts” = perfect.  Mama Maggie = humility in the flesh.