There have been over 550 cases of kidnapping reported in the past 3 years. Some of the kidnappings lead to ransom requests, but others appear to be for the express purpose of forcing Christian girls into conversion to Islam and/or forced marriage.
In spite of constant oppression, Egyptian Christians steadfastly keep the ancient lamp of their faith alight; a miracle considering the generations of discrimination and violence they’ve experienced.
Ingrained prejudice, the revolutionary turmoils, and the Muslim Brotherhoods fight to control Egypt, have not only resulted in hundreds of Christian homes and church buildings being destroyed by angry Muslim mobs, but also in the deaths of thousands of defenceless Christians.
Converts from Islam especially suffer, as Islam imposes incredibly harsh penalties on apostates.
Bishoy Armia Boulous is one such who languishes in prison after being re-arrested in late 2013 on the charge of ‘defaming Islam’, for his continued campaign to be allowed to have his religious affiliation changed on his identification card.
Pray God will bless and protect his people, and that hostile Muslims will see their Christian neighbours through new eyes and treat them with respect.
Pray also that promises by the current Egyptian government to provide protection for Christians and rebuild churches will come to fruition.