Our Christian family in Egypt has been warned to expect further attacks by Islamist extremists. They’re in urgent need of our prayers.
Intelligence reports have raised fears of a fresh wave of violence specifically targeting believers travelling to summer camps by bus. Officials have asked church leaders to cancel camps and conferences outside church buildings until at least the end of the month.
Please pray for our Egyptian brothers and sisters at this time of heightened threat.
Egyptian intelligence wrote to church leaders this week warning that Islamic State suicide bombers were planning to attack buses taking Christians to conferences. Hundreds of thousands of Christians of all ages attend such conferences at this time of year.
As one Release partner says, the move to cancel conferences ‘just adds to the oppression Christians experience in Egypt’.
The threat remains real, however. In Alexandria, a church guard was attacked with a knife last weekend.
- Pray that our brothers and sisters will find ways to enjoy fellowship and discipleship if they are forced to abandon plans to attend conferences and camps.
- Pray that God will teach our Egyptian family how to trust Him completely and remain steadfast in their faith, so He will keep them in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).
- Ask God to heal Mina, the church guard injured in Alexandria.
- Ask God to grant wisdom to those in authority in Egypt, as they try to tackle extremism. Pray the Government will do more to protect and reassure Christians.
(Sources: Middle East Concern, Release partners)
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