Last month, I was devastated to hear the news about so many churches being burned down all over Egypt. One of the churches, Malawy Presbyterian Church, holds a special place in my heart. The senior pastor is a dear friend and partner in ministry. The church is a vibrant community of believers committed to living out the Gospel, seeking reconciliation with their Muslim neighbors, and caring for the needs of the poor in their community. After the 2011 Egyptian revolution, I had the opportunity to preach to the congregation. We celebrated a new future for Egypt post the Mubarak regime and looked in eager anticipation for what Egypt’s future might hold.
Amidst unrest, fires spread across Egypt destroying Christian business, churches, and communities. In the past few months, at least 83 churches have been set to fire. On August 17, I received a picture of Malawy Presbyterian Church. The main sanctuary building had virtually burned to the ground.
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