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Darkness Intensifies in Egypt: Native Missionary Ministry Reports

November 30, 2012

By Rae Burnett

Violence toward Egyptian Christians is about to get worse. Much worse.

Persecution, which escalated in the days following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, has intensified even more in recent days.

Large Egyptian mosque

"Our situation here is getting worse day by day," reports an Egyptian ministry leader supported by Christian Aid. Indigenous ministries are growing more concerned each day as they watch radical Islam gain control in Egypt. Christians in Egypt believe that dark days of persecution are looming ahead of them.

Virtually all independent media outlets have been shut down.

Tens of thousands of secular and Christian believers protested in Tahrir Square on Tuesday.

"We pray that this common protest will restore the bridges between Christians and Muslims as it was in the days of the revolution," writes the ministry leader, though he recognizes that this scenario is unlikely. He related the story of how he took his children to a playground and watched as a little Muslim girl told her brother not to play with them. "They are Christians," she said. "We should not play with or even talk to them."

But while the children of Christian families may be shunned by their peers on the playground, teenage girls face a much more sinister reality. Young Christian women have been raped by Muslim men, and to avoid public scandal they attempt to force them into Islamic marriages.

Egyptian church partially destroyed by violence

Tens of thousands of Christians have fled the country due to the increasing danger of being attacked or killed, or their homes and businesses ransacked or set on fire. The ministry leader, however, is determined to remain and continue sharing the gospel with his countrymen. "God has given us the grace to form friendships with Muslims and show them the love of Christ in practical ways. We ask for your prayers and financial support during this terrible time, which will only grow worse. Our most pressing need is to support our coworkers as they labor in the shadow of this darkness."

The Africa Division of Christian Aid has set up a fund to support the missionary work of persecuted native ministries. Let us not miss these opportunities to minister and bring many into the kingdom who would otherwise never hear the gospel.

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