Top 5 People Groups
Egyptian Arab: 56,850,000
Saidi Arab: 22,032,000
Sudanese Arab: 4,489,000
Domari Gypsy: 1,653,000
Moroccan Arab: 1,591,000
With one of the longest histories of any modern state, Egypt has been continuously inhabited since the 10th millennium BC. It is also one of the most populated countries in the world (ranking 15th) with over 84 million inhabitants, most of which live near the banks of the Nile River. Considered a middle power, Egypt has significant political, cultural, and military influence in the Middle East and Muslim world.
After nearly 30 years of rule, embattled President Hosni Mubarak resigned and fled the capital city of Cairo in 2011. Mohamed Morsi was elected president in June 2012. Political unrest and economic instability continue, however, and Christians face increased persecution as representatives from radical Muslim groups gain a stronger foothold in the government.
Some 90 percent of Egyptians are identified as Muslim, but there is also a significant Christian minority present in the country. The overwhelming majority of Egyptian Christians are affiliated with the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Others are adherents of the Coptic Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church of Egypt, and additional Protestant denominations. According to Joshua Project, Egypt has 42 people groups, 25 of which remain unreached with the gospel.
Recent Prayerline Posts
September 14, 2017 - Surviving in Egypt's underworld is hard enough without provoking goons to violence by opting out of a criminal gang. It's even more dangerous for a gang leader thinking of embracing Christ. Read more.
A skilled craftsman uses an array of valuable tools to create a thing of beauty. The results would be less satisfying if his toolbox contained only a file or hammer. Native missionaries have learned to extend the gospel of Christ through a host of tools that meet needs and communicate the Bible’s message meaningfully. In the Middle East, where restrictions can be a challenge, resourceful mission groups use their God-given ingenuity to fulfill the Great Commission. Read more.
Her name means "priceless," but 13-year-old Ain feels anything but valuable. Perhaps "expendable" is a more accurate description. She is one of 10 children living in a two-room house in the outskirts of Cairo. At night, she curls up next to her sisters on the corner of a thin mattress laid on the floor. Ain is quiet. She has never been one to draw attention to herself or burden anyone with her needs…but she is a burden—another mouth to feed. Read more.