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Prayer needs for this week - Saturday 24 February

Dear Peter

May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:16-17)

José lives in Mexico. He was driven out of his home because his parents refused to denounce their Protestant beliefs. He lost everything: his belongings, his home, and his school. All he wants to do is finish his lessons and see his friends again, but he can’t. All because of his religion.

Time and again during our work, we encounter children like José who are being denied an education because of their faith, or the faith of their parents. Our new campaign, Faith and a Future, is aimed at changing this: because every child deserves a future.

This is why it’s so important that we pray for this campaign: it’s one of the most ambitious we’ve ever attempted and its effects will be far-reaching and change the lives of so many people. Faith and a Future urgently needs your prayers: and we know that you’ll pray with us. 

In summary, please pray:

  • For God’s blessing on the launch of our Faith and Future report in Parliament next week
  • That the report would be used to inform and change international policy 
  • For God to comfort children like José, and provide opportunities for them to resume their education.


Thank you for praying for Egypt faithfully over the years. Though the situation there remains challenging, we know that our consistent entreaties to God mean so much to those we pray for, and make a significant difference in the lives of those who are suffering. This week, please join us in bringing Egypt to God in prayer once more.


Today, please pray for the family of Father Samaan Shahata Rizkallah, the Coptic priest who was murdered in October.  Also pray for the families of the victims of the attack on the Church of St Mina in Helwan, where nine people were killed in December, including a Muslim member of the security forces guarding the church.


15 February marked three years since 21 Christians  were beheaded by IS on a Libyan beach.  A new church has been consecrated in their memory in Minya in Upper Egypt. The Cathedral of the Martyrs of the Faith was built by  engineers from the Egyptian military and paid for by the government. Thank God for this encouraging development in an area where sectarian violence regularly erupts following rumours of new church buildings. 


The Coptic community is not alone in facing discrimination: Shi’a Muslims, Baha’i adherents, atheists and others also face varying levels of social and official pressure and harassment because of their religious beliefs. Please pray today that Egypt would become a country where all its citizens enjoy equality and peace.

February  saw the launch of Operation Sinai 2018, a military campaign  aimed at destroying Islamic State (IS, Daesh) strongholds. In response, IS is calling for increased attacks on government targets, Christians and tourists.  Pray for protection for vulnerable groups and for an effective counter terrorism campaign that safeguards civilians.  

The run up to the presidential elections scheduled for 26-28 March has been marred by increasing repression. Five credible candidates were either arrested or pressured to withdraw, and NGOs accuse the government of failing to meet even the minimum requirements for free and fair elections.  Pray Psalm 127 over the leadership, and for peace, reconciliation and God’s wisdom and grace on all parties.


‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’ Deuteronomy 31:8. Pray this verse over Egypt today.


Heavenly Father, we bring the nation of  Egypt before you, asking that you comfort all who are mourning, assist all who face pressure and harassment on account of their faith, defeat the forces of terrorism and heal every division in the land. Amen.
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Posted on 24 Feb 2018

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