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“We need more than at any time

“Michael” from Egypt (pseudonym used for security reasons) will be the guest speaker at the Church in Chains conference at the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin on Saturday 9 September (more details on pages 16 and 17). Michael is on the leadership team of an evangelical ministry that serves, supports and mobilises local churches throughout Egypt. David Turner recently spoke to him by phone about life in Egypt.

How did God lead you into this ministry? I was seeking God’s face and guidance to know how to be an effective part of the Kingdom work and I came across the ministry to the local church in Egypt, which I identified with. I felt the tremendous need for the Egyptian church to be strengthened in view of the unprecedented pressures, threats and attacks it is facing. I felt God calling me to be a part of that kingdom mission to focus on the local church and “strengthen what remains which is at the point of death” as it says in the book of Revelation.

What effect have the attacks over the past year had on the lives of Egyptian Christians? Many people in the Christian community (and by that I mean people who may not be truly committed Christians) are scared and afraid – especially since the Islamic State movement announced that it is directly targeting Egyptian Christians. However, there is also a very large number of born-again Christians of all denominations including from the Coptic Orthodox church and the Catholic Church who are able to lift their eyes up and see that God is there and although they live under the firing of the enemy, there is an opportunity for the church to show light and hope. This is a time of harvest because the more the flames of the church are increasing the more eyes and hearts are open to the amazing message of love and forgiveness.

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Egypt

Church in Chains Magazine (Autumn 2017)  

The impact of recent terrorist attacks on Christians in Egypt is described in this issue which also focuses on the reaction of Christians to...

Church in Chains Magazine (Autumn 2017)  

The impact of recent terrorist attacks on Christians in Egypt is described in this issue which also focuses on the reaction of Christians to...

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