Pray for the Church in North Africa

Img_4014 Posted by David Gough on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Certainly the revolution on the streets of North Africa seems to continue to spread, from the original protests in Tunisia, not only across the 4 North African countries of the Diocese of Egypt (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) but also Morocco and Jordan, now into the Gulf and Middle East (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria and Iran). There are many accounts of horrendous atrocities and indeed stories of great encouragement that have been shared with me – many are too sensitive to commit to email, but be assured God is using the Church in significant ways through this turmoil.

Please pray for the reform process in Egypt, that wisdom will prevail and general conditions will improve for all Egyptians. Pray too that Egyptian Christians, who account for 10%+ of the population, will have some representation in the new government. Please remember to pray especially for the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, President Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East and the Church in the region he is responsible for.

In a recent email the Bishop wrote…

My dear friends,

Millions are celebrating in the streets of Egypt, after President Mubarak has stepped down.

Tonight our beloved Egypt started to write a new chapter of her story. I pray that no single group would dictate its agenda but all of us must be given the right and the freedom to write together this chapter.

We need to earnestly pray for God’s Grace and wisdom and for a new and free Egypt. Thank you so much for your prayers.

Yours in Him,

+Mouneer

Please also remember to pray for Christians in the entire Arab world and especially Libya at this time, as the unrest continues to spread. People in the regions other countries are encouraged by what the Egyptians (and Tunisians) have achieved and are seeing this as an opportunity to bring about change in their own countries. However, it is unlikely the authorities in many countries will not be as tolerant of civil unrest as the Egyptians were, so many innocent people could suffer.

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