In a heart-felt letter, a brother shares the hopes and concerns for Christians in Egypt.
“Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
First we watched the first presidential debate in Egyptian history. Then last week presidential elections were held on the 23rd and 24th of May. We are expecting another round of voting on June 16 and17.
For a nation that is having its first ‘real’ Presidential elections, you can imagine the paradox of excitement and concern that is almost tangible. Many people have mixed emotions and real fear, not only Christians but also millions of Muslims who are worried by the rise of Islamic political power. They already won 75% majority in the parliament elections. Another win will place the whole country under fanatic Islamic political power. As a church and the body of Christ from different denominations, we see it is time to seek the Lord and invite Him to lead us as a nation and as church during this very critical time in our nation.
On June 1st, the Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt will celebrate the memory of the Holy Family's coming to Egypt more than 2,000 years ago. Then, in mid-June before the next election, we will celebrate Jesus' first visit to Egypt, and invite Him to come and visit our country again. This meeting will take place in Father Simon's Cave Church, where we had the historical gathering on November 11, 2011. This time we expect around 70,000 to attend.
In preparation for this gathering, Christian leaders decided to have overnight prayer meetings for 2 weeks in one of the church buildings. We had the first one on Thursday, May 17 starting at 10pm and continuing to sunrise the next day. It was an amazing meeting, which around 1,300 attended. We experienced the amazing presence of God as we prayed for many requests, such as:
- The unity of the church in Egypt; we feel this is crucial at this time.
- For the gathering mid-June at the Cave Church to commemorate the Holy families arrival; praying against anyone who would resist this gathering.
- For the election of the new pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
- For the fears in Egyptian people due to all the uncertainties and worries from Islamic political power and the fear of expected pressure and possible persecution for Christians.
We were deeply encouraged as we prayed! We prayed for God to come with miracles and signs and wonders in Egypt during these days, that He would touch the lives of many people with the Spirit of revelation and bring many Egyptian people to the knowledge of Christ. We proclaimed our faith and our welcome to Jesus to come and visit our nation once again based on Haggai 2:4-8 and Psalm 24:7. Both verses are very inspiring and encouraging to us in this time.
Brothers and sisters, we greatly need you to join with us in prayer during this very critical and unique time in Egypt's history! We are in unity and partnership with you for such a time as this.”