After my last post I received some very good comments that led me to an amazing blog post. Written by Joel Rosenburg, it is an excellent summation of what the current situation is for Christians in Egypt, and what we as fellow believers around the world can do to help.
It’s good in that it is written by a Mid East watcher who maintains contacts and first-hand information in the region, keeping him abreast of social and political events. It is also very good in that Joel and his family have lived in Egypt, and he is able to share some first-hand experience that shows us some of the exciting work that God has been doing in Cairo among the people of Egypt.
Lastly, you should read Joel’s amazing post because he agrees with my initial feelings about the situation in Egypt! No, seriously though — in this post he gives vital information about the work of God in Egypt, the situation for Christians there, and how we can pray in order to stand with our fellow Christians and that wonderful work of God among the people of Egypt. I have to admit that I didn’t know that there has been a revival going on among Muslims in the Middle East! Read this short bit:
“First, senior pastors and ministry leaders in Egypt estimate there are some 2.5 million followers of Jesus Christ in their country. Most of these are born again converts who were raised as nominal Christians inside the historic Coptic (Orthodox) church. There are about eight to ten million Coptics in the country, all told, and there is a significant revival going on among them. By God’s grace, a growing number of Egyptian Muslims are leaving Islam and turning to Jesus every year. Amen. May this accelerate in the weeks and months ahead.
Second, believers in Egypt face significant harassment, ostracization, and outright persecution. Both the Mubarak government and the Islamists have worked hard to intimidate the Church over the years. While there are wonderfully bold and courageous pastors and lay leaders, many have come to live in fear and anxiety as a result.
Third, this is the most dramatic moment in the history of the modern Middle East since the downfall of the Saddam regime and the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The Reformers are boldly proclaiming their solutions for Egypt’s problems. Likewise, the Radicals are boldly proclaiming their solutions for Egypt’s ills. Now it is time for the Revivalists — followers of our Lord Jesus who want to revive what Egypt once had before Islam: First Century, New Testament, Biblical Christianity — to boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Really, you should go to Joel C. Rosenburg’s Blog and read the rest of the article now. It will encourage you and inspire you to pray for the Christians in Cairo and the people of Egypt, that the Lord will work within the current situation to continue and expand the move of His Great Grace that has been moving forward for the people of Egypt. Now isn’t that what I was encouraging all of us to do from the beginning?