Pray for Mohamed Hegazy as his legal battle ends with ‘return to Islam’

Mohamed Hegazy battled with the Egyptian courts for nine years to be officially recognised as a Christian. His fight has ended – with his apparent decision to return to Islam. Please pray for Mohamed who has endured relentless persecution since he tried to change the religious status on his ID card to ‘Christian’. He announced…

Chance to scrap Egypt’s blasphemy law

Reformers are pushing for Egypt’s ‘blasphemy law’ to be scrapped – but government ministers are trying to block their efforts.  Please pray that campaigners will be successful in their attempt to see this controversial law dropped. The law is almost always used to prosecute those who are seen to criticise Islam and is often misused…

Egyptian Crack-Down on Human Rights Defenders Reaches Key Christian Activist

A Coptic human rights activist arrested this month by Egyptian security officials faces the possibility of life in prison on concocted charges because of his efforts to expose persecution of Christians, human rights activists said. Mina Thabet, 26, director of the Minority and Religious Groups Department at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF),…

Egypt: ‘Our lives were in danger every day’

‘I spent three years and two months in prison,” Bishoy explained to ICC. ‘But I thank God for everything.’ It was on July 28, 2012, that Bishoy Kameel Kamel Garas, 28, was unable to reach his friend, Nathan, over the phone. Something so innocent and nondramatic worried Bishoy, as Nathan always answered his calls. Later…

EGYPT: ARTICLE ON CHRISTIAN LOVE REACHES MILLIONS

On 9 April 2016, the weekend edition of the government-owned Al-Ahram newspaper – Egypt’s most popular paper – contained an article with a difference. Written in bold was the title: Love in Christianity. In Egypt, preaching the gospel publicly remains a crime that can lead to imprisonment. Despite this, the article’s author, a well-known and…