SANTA ANA, Calif. (July 1, 2013) – Andrew is the son of a ministry leader in one of Upper Egypt’s cities. He is in his last year of medical school.
On Sunday he went out in the early afternoon to join one of the country-wide demonstrations calling for President Morsi to step down. While peaceful protestors were peacefully marching, group of fanatic Islamic Muslims opened fire with machine guns on the protestors.
Andrew suffered two bullets wounds; one ended in his small intestines and the other landed near his spinal cord. He was immediately admitted into the nearby government hospital.
After an initial surgery, the first bullet was removed along with part of his small intestine. Later in the evening, doctors miraculously removed the second bullet safely.
Andrew is still in the intensive care unit and has been admitted into a private hospital.
Open Doors is asking Christians in the West to pray for Andrew. Also pray for all those who lost loved ones in the weekend protests and rallies, which resulted in a reported 16 deaths and 781 injuries. Pray for the violence to end and a peaceful resolution to the escalating situation.
Michael, a Christian leader in Egypt, says: “My heart is bleeding for my country and for the lost souls as well as for those who are going through pain. Moreover, listening to the threats of the fanatical groups who promised more violence and blood if President Morsi is forced to step down, makes myself, my family and all Christians of Egypt cry out: “Ya Rab,” which means: “Oh Lord.”
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