The Egyptian President has made a promise to build the largest church in Egypt.
The President also reiterated his commitment to rebuild churches which were damaged or destroyed during the 2013 riots, which broke out after the former President Mohammed Morsi was deposed.
More recently, President Sisi has overseen the rebuilding of Cario’s Boutrossiya chapel, which was badly damaged in December last year, when a suicide bomber killed 27 people.
Patriarch Tawadros II called the attack “not just a disaster for the church but a disaster for the whole nation”, and those killed in the blast were given a state funeral, attended by the President.
Last year President Sisi praised Egyptian Christians for demonstrating “wisdom and a spirit of patriotism” and for remaining united in the face of those who “try to exploit religion as a means of fomenting division and spreading extremist ideas”.
Tensions between Christians and Muslims have intensified in Egypt since the Arab Spring of 2011, with the worst single incident occurring in February 2015, with the beheadings by ISIL of 21 Egyptian Christian migrant workers.
Egypt has an estimated 9 million Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, and they account for about 10 per cent of Egypt’s total population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim.
- Give thanks for the support that the Egyptian President is showing for Christians in his country, and for the promise to build this large church.
- Pray for ongoing support and protection for Christians in Egypt, especially with the current rise in Islamic fundamentalism.
- Pray for those who have suffered over recent months with intensified persecution and violence towards Christians. Pray for comfort for those who mourn and for the perseverance of their faith to be a witness to those who seek to destroy them.
- Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit over Egypt, that many will be drawn to the Light of the Gospel of grace, and come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
Colossians 4 vs 2: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.”