The following comes from Brother Andrew’s Open Doors ministry. Please continue to keep our brothers and sisters in Egypt in your prayers:
An Open Doors source in [Egypt] has received mixed reaction from Christians to the resignation [of Hosni Mubarak].
How the change will affect the 10 million minority Christians in Egypt is unclear. However, there is a risk of a new government under a conservative Muslim mindset…
“The Pew Research Study conducted a survey that indicated 84 percent of Egyptian citizens said they would favor public execution of those who leave Islam for another religion….called ‘apostasy’…which is in place in some Muslim countries. Seventy-six percent of Egyptians favor stoning for those caught in adultery.”
…Egypt is ranked No. 19 on the Open Doors 2011 World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians. Although Christians have not been targeted in the violence over the past two weeks, there were several attacks in January. On New Year’s Day a suicide bomber killed 22 Christians in front of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria. (Read more)
NOTE: In an eMail from Open Doors:
“I have been told that Muslims are turning to their Christian neighbors. Christians passed out water to thirsty demonstrators who marched for a better government. It’s an extraordinary time for the advancement of God’s Kingdom… showing the love of Christ!”