Pray for Christians in Egypt. Reports of another attack on a church—and a nearby Christian-owned shop—just came in this morning.
According to the BBC, two men attacked a church south of Cairo, killing nine people. Just a short time later, a gunman attacked a nearby Christian-owned shop, killing two more people.
Police killed one of the attackers, and the other escaped, although authorities say he is now in custody. Police also found a vest bomb which they safely defused.
These attacks lead up to the celebration of the New Year and Christmas—celebrated by the Members of an ethnic religious group from North Africa but primarily Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination in the country. More Church on January 7.
More than 130 Christians have been killed in Egypt over the past year. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for most of these attacks.
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt as they boldly follow Christ in the midst of threats, oppression and deadly violence.
God is doing a mighty work—even in the midst of these tragic attacks. Earlier this year, our field worker reported on the widespread evangelism that’s happening in Egypt in the wake these evil acts.
Today, the war on Christianity is intensifying in Egypt—and our brothers and sister need to know they’re not alone. Join us and stand with them—through prayer, advocacy, relief and support. Learn more >