8/27/20 (Voice of the Persecuted) EGYPT Population: 101.2 million, Christian 16.2million
Egypt, home to the largest Christian community in the Middle East, is of particular worry. Officially about 10% of the 95 million population are Christian, although many believe the figure is significantly higher. The overwhelming majority are Orthodox, with up to 1 million evangelical Christians and 250,000 Catholics.
Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas on Sunday amid tight security, days after at least 11 were killed in attacks. The president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, attended midnight mass at a new cathedral 30 miles (45km) east of the capital as tens of thousands of armed soldiers patrolled streets around churches all over Egypt.
“You hear the president speaking about Christians with a lot of respect and sympathy. Just a few days ago, he made a beautiful, emotional speech when inaugurating our new cathedral. It looked like an amazing affirmation that the state is supporting the church and the Christian community, and doing everything it can to guarantee our welfare,” “You hear the president speaking about Christians with a lot of respect and sympathy. Just a few days ago, he made a beautiful, emotional speech when inaugurating our new cathedral. It looked like an affirmation that the state is supportive of Christians. “
There is only a minority of violent extremists, but the culture in Egypt cherishes the perception that Christians are infidels. Therefore, Christians in Egypt are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, with attacks on churches and the kidnap of girls by Islamist extremists intent on forcing them to marry Muslims.
Christians are overlooked for jobs or promotion, university students are given bad grades or failed, schoolchildren were made to sit at the back of the class, shop owners are boycotted and hospital patients are not given proper treatment.
“In Egypt, as in many other Middle Eastern countries, your religion is stated on your identity card. This makes discrimination and persecution easy – you are overlooked for jobs, planning permits are hard to obtain and you are a target when you go to church.”
• Pray for Christians to be appointed to government positions and promote Christian values.
• Pray for president El-Sisi that the Lord will guide and protect Him as he continues to show favor and support to Christians and that his enemies will be powerless.
• Pray for unity of all the Egyptian churches.
• Pray for got to soften the hearts of radical Muslims, that the Lord will appear to them in their dreams.
• Pray for NGO’s like open doors who provide minister women are vulnerable it they do not have the covering of a husband – the absence of men makes women targets for Muslim extremists.
• Pray that the many Christian broadcast services as well as the internet will encourage believers and bring the good news to all Muslims.
• Pray that believers would have courage and endurance in the face of persecution.
• Pray for the protection of women against abduction and forced marriages to Muslims.
• Pray for believers to boldly share the Gospel.
• Pray to the Lord to protect and grow His Church in Egypt and that the forces of darkness will be unable to curtail the growth of His church.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for
• Leah Sharibu and Alice, prisoners of Boko Haram, pray that they will be set free.
• Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from Prison
• Pray for the release for Anita, a Christian convert recently sentenced to 6 years in prison for sharing the Gospel in Iran.
You are invited to join us on Thursday, August 27 in a prayer call for the persecuted church.
Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
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