According to this video from CBS program, 60 Minutes, "the last year has been one of the worst ever" for the Coptic Church of Egypt. Considering the Copts have, in large part, faced persecution of varying levels since the initial Islamic conquests began in the country in the 7th century, it's a sad, but true, statement.
As we reflect on the birth and gift of Jesus, the Christ, this Christmas season, let us not forget that Egypt was once a country that provided escape and refuge for the young boy, Jesus:
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13-15)
Please join the Institute in praying for the peace of Egypt. Pray for the millions of Christ followers there, that they would continue to stand strong in their faith and persevere in this time of great trial, testing and uncertainty. Pray for the many millions that do not know Christ, that He would bring a fresh revelation of Himself that would lead to great revival in the land.
Pray that, by God's grace, Egypt would once again become a place of refuge for Jesus - and His Church.