Pressure is increasing both on Egypt’s indigenous Coptic community and on those who come to faith from a Muslim background. Muslims who convert to Christianity have long faced persecution from family members, who punish them for abandoning the Islamic faith. But in recent years, Egypt’s historical Christian communities have increasingly been targeted, as well. In August 2013, following the ousting of President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for the burning of 38 churches and the damaging of 23 churches, in an upsurge in sectarian violence against Coptic Christians.
- Muslim-background believers face severe limitations within their homes and extended families. Pray for strength to persevere despite the challenges.
- Islam is gradually taking over the country’s culture. Pray that Christians will have courage to continue to be a light to their nation.
- For Egypt’s political leaders. Pray that political and economic stability will be restored.