Home to one of the Great Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramids at Giza, Egypt is among the oldest civilizations on earth. Pre-2011, around 14 million tourists visited the country each year. It is the largest Arab country and has played a central role in Middle Eastern politics in modern times.
However, Egypt has endured almost constant upheaval since a 2011 popular uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak. While the revolution initially brought Muslims and Christians together, improved relations between the two communities did not last.
Things worsened after the army's removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July. The bloodshed that followed brought Egypt’s tourism industry to its knees, depriving millions of their livelihood, and hammering the economy.
Evangelicals comprise a minority of Egyptian Christians, almost 90 percent of whom are Coptic Orthodox. Egypt’s Copts are one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, with roots dating back to the time of Christ. Christians have traditionally been persecuted in Egypt, but the situation has worsened in the last two years.
Pray for safety and protection for Christians in Egypt as they stand against the onslaught of Islamic extremism (The Bible, Psalm 91).
Pray for Christianity in Egypt to continue to grow, especially among the country’s Muslims (The Bible, Acts 2:47).
Pray for peace and stability in Egypt (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:2).
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