Suzan went missing last week, as she walked to the church where she works in Egypt. Local Christians fear the 22-year-old (pictured) has been kidnapped – just like two other young women who vanished from the same Cairo suburb just days before.
Women in Al Khosous, a mainly Christian town just outside Cairo, are said to be too frightened to leave their houses: a women’s meeting at Suzan’s church, which she attended, has been cancelled.
Please pray for the safe return home of our three Egyptian sisters in Al Khosous.
The suspected abductions follow an incident in which a Muslim was accidently shot and killed during a dispute over money. A Christian man was taken into police custody and is expected to be charged with manslaughter.
Since then, there has been a sharp increase in attacks on Christians, especially women, in Al Khosous. But this persecution is nothing new: several local women have had acid thrown in their face, for not wearing veils.
Christians across Egypt remain under intense pressure. Extremists shot dead at least 29 Christians whom they pulled off a bus in Minya Province on May 26. Church bombings in Tanta and Alexandria in April, and in Cairo in December, killed at least 68 people.
- Pray for the safe return of Suzan Ashraf Rawy and the two other missing women. Pray that they would know God’s protection and that his peace will fill them and their families and guard their hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).
- Pray for our Christian family across Egypt, that they will stand firm in their faith and put their complete trust in almighty God.
- Pray for wisdom, boldness and firm resolve for the Egyptian Government in resisting the spread of Islamist extremism in their nation and protecting the Christian community.
(Source: Morning Star News)
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in China’s Zhejiang province. Officials recently installed government surveillance devices on church property: this month, they have cut power and water supplies to several churches that have refused to install surveillance cameras, and to church leaders’ homes. Those churches which have relented and allowed officials to install cameras have since had electricity and water supplies restored. (Source: China Aid)