July 2, 2013 by Open Doors

Egyptian Christian Leader Joins Protest, Asks for Prayers

(The following is a report from an Egyptian Christian leader and his reflections on the protest agasint the Morsi regime on Sunday.)

On Sunday, Egyptians across the nation marched down the streets of villages, towns and cities in massive human blocks, filling up major squares and main streets. The enormous crowds raised the Egyptian flags together with banners and red cards demanding President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporting party to leave.  I was one of them! Millions  of Egyptians spent the of entire day shouting in amazing enthusiasm: “leave Morsi leave” and “down to the reign of Muslim Brotherhood.” No one raised any specific political party flags or banners. Just  Egyptian flags. Men and women, boys and girls, rich and poor, everybody came together in an overwhelming scene of unity of purpose and detemination. Entire families marched together, as well as  groups of friends. The threats that were released by Morsi’s supporters as well as the shooting incidents in scatered locations in Cairo and other cities could not put down the fire of the roaring  crowds. The death count of 16  and the 781 cases of injury did not manage to send people home, but rather ignited  the desire to move on until Egypt is freed from the oppressive and dominating rule of the Islamic parties lead by the Muslim Brotherhood.

This afternoon (Monday), in a surprising and an encouraging development that may qualify to be an answer to many prayers, the Supreme Military Council (SMC) released an official announcement to confirm the ultimate support of the army to the will and desire of the multitudes of Egyptians. The leadership of the SMC, indirectly, gave President Morsi and his ruling party 48 hours to sort things out and comply to the desires of the protesting Egyptians before they impose a road map to solve the political crisis. Please continue to pray for Egypt as a new chapter of her history is being written now. We value the keen and sincere prayers of all our brothers and sisters worldwide. May His will be done in all what is happening in Egypt.

Prominent Persecuted Pastor Dies in Eritrea

Last week one of the founding elders of the Full Gospel Church in Eritrea, Tewelde Hailom, died of natural causes in Eritrea at the age of 60. Pastor Hailom had been suffering from cancer for a number of years. He was deeply respected by Christians in Eritrea for his spiritual influence and for his example of endurance amid suffering. “It is indeed a dark time for our churches, but we take comfort because he is in the presence of the Lord whom He served faithfully from a young age to the day of his death. He was a good man. Pray for comfort for the believers who are mourning the loss of one of our spiritual fathers,” a source told Open Doors. In mid-October 2009 Eritrean security forces raided Pastor Hailom’s home and arrested three people. Pastor Hailom was not taken to prison at the time because he was suffering from very poor health, described at that time as a stomach ulcer. He was however placed under house arrest with guards positioned outside his home. Over the next few days security arrested 11 more men and women belonging to the Full Gospel Church while Pastor Tewelde Hailom was undergoing interrogation under house arrest. Initially a sibling was allowed to care for him because of his poor health, but she was later dismissed. Pastor Hailom was then provided the same food as those in prison….a piece of bread and a cup of tea in the morning and in the evening. According to the sources the insufficient food severely aggravated Pastor Hailom’s condition.

 (For more information or to set up interviews, call Jerry Dykstra at 616-915-4117 or email [email protected]).

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