April 12th, 2017

Continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt, especially this Easter weekend. Thank God that we worship freely in the United States.

 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-22)

“The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Minya, located in southern Egypt, said Tuesday that commemorations of the Resurrection of Jesus will be limited to the liturgical prayers “without any festive manifestations” out of respect for the faithful who were slain by suicide bombers of the Islamic State. . . .

Christians in Minya have lived in constant fear of attacks from the area’s large Salafi Muslim population. In certain local villages, the faithful celebrate Mass before a cross drawn on a wall, making it easy to erase quickly in order to avoid attacks.” (Excerpted from, reporting by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.)

The Pew Research Center reported on Tuesday that of the top 25 most populous countries, Egypt ranked in the top five for restrictions on religion and hostilities involving religion. Only one other country was ranked in the top five for both—Russia. (Pew Research Center, April 11, 2017)


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  2. Barbara B says:

    Yes Satan won this battle, but we know he doesn’t win the war. Jesus has already defeated him. He is our living hope for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Egypt, as well as for us and all Christians everywhere. Father, I ask for your divine hand of protection upon all your children during these evil days. Give us courage and strength and determination in the face of persecution. Even more, I pray for those who cause such evil, that they would have a Road to Damascus encounter like Saul and their spiritual eyes be opened to the Truth, and be saved!

  3. Jane C Kramer says:

    I understand the fear but in this case, Satan won.

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