17th March 2017
40 Days Of Prayer To Answer The Cry
Today we are focusing our thoughts and prayers on Egypt:
Population: 94.7 million; 90% Muslim; 10% Christian; literacy 82.2% men; 65.4% women.
Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East region, also has the largest Christian community. The majority Coptic Orthodox Church traces its origins to the first century and Protestant churches, here since the 19th century, are active in evangelism and social action.
But Christians are vulnerable. A bomb attack on a Cairo church on 12 December 2016 killed 29 worshippers and last month over 500 Christians fled their homes after death threats and killings by Islamist insurgents in Northern Sinai.
SAT-7’s Egypt-produced programmes seek to counter this with messages of forgiveness and respect for all. SAT-7 gives a voice to Christians facing persecution and its Cairo studio has an impressive output of programmes. This includes popular worship, women’s, youth and children’s shows, drama and even comedy. It has pioneered live coverage of large-scale Christian conferences and prayers for the nation, and has sent teams to film in Iraq.
PRAY: Give thanks for Egyptian Christians’ vision to be a light to the Arab world. Pray for their security and for the creative work of SAT-7’s Cairo studio and many associated ministries in Egypt.
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