Over 50 churches were burned during a 24-hour period in mid-August as part of widespread anti-Christian attacks by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence erupted after Egyptian police forcibly shut down two political protestor camps, set up by followers of the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Christians were blamed for Morsi’s fall, and numerous homes, schools and businesses owned by believers were also destroyed in the rampage.
Two bookshops operated by the Bible Society of Egypt, a ministry partner of Christian Aid, were casualties of the first wave of mob attacks. The burning of the stores marked the first instance of religious violence in the 129 year-history of the Bible Society. Christian Aid works with the Society to distribute Bibles to prisoners and supply educational materials to Christian schools in Egypt.
- For believers who lost their homes, churches, and businesses in the August attacks to demonstrate Christ’s love and forgiveness toward their enemies. May they be a light for the gospel and cause others to want to know why they chose not to seek vengeance.
- For stability in Egypt so that Christians and Muslims can co-exist peacefully as they have done in the past.