Egyptian Missionaries Hopeful

Starting to Rebuild for the Future

March 6, 2011

Violent government crackdowns on demonstrations continue in some North African countries this week. In Egypt, long-time Dictator/President Mubarak has been forced to resign. Native missionaries are concerned about the country's unpredictable future.

A steady stream of reports from indigenous ministry leaders is coming to Rae Burnett, Africa Director for Christian Aid Mission. "Christian missions are definitely on the move in Egypt, and they need our prayers and help." she says. "They ask us to pray for the future leadership of the country. There are deep concerns over who will rule Egypt next. The door will be open to all political and religious ideologies, including extremists. Christians are concerned that the new regime may be even more restrictive than under Mubarak."

"Our desire," writes one ministry leader, "is to spread the Word of God in Egypt!" He said native missionaries are working in their homes to create Gospel cassettes, tracts and fliers which address the themes of the demonstrators from a biblical perspective.

"Communications have been re-established. Grateful indigenous missionary ministry leaders are sending a flood of thanks for global prayer and financial support, and they are letting us know how we can help them go forward from here," says Burnett. Emergency funds are needed for burial aid, clothing, food, medical treatment and security items such as fencing and repairs to damaged doors, windows and walls. Prices have skyrocketed since the upheaval. Missionary sponsorships are available to provide regular monthly support badly need by gospel workers who live by faith.

Serious security concerns continue. With the fall of the Mubarak regime and Army take-over of security, Christians are hoping that the organized anti-Christian violence of the Christmas and New Year period has ceased.

"The events that happened have created good links between Christians and Muslims, as neighbors stood together to protect homes and families" says one leading native missionary. "This enables us to share the good news of Christ's message with them."