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Thanks for posting this, Kendall.
This little snippet should induce many of us to look into the dire situation of Egypt’s Christian community, and above all, to pray seriously for this beleagured minority which has such a strategic place in the Mid East. We’ve seen this brain drain take place in so many other countries, especially Iraq and among Palestinian Christians. But I was shocked, and disturbed, to read ++Anis’s report that a stunning 100K Egyptian Christians had fled Egypt in 2011 alone.
I had no idea the situation had deteriorated so much. Bishop Anis and his diocese have been on my personal prayer list for a couple of years now (since I met +Anis and his wife, Nancy, at Mere Anglicanism in Charleston). That is stunning about how many Christians have fled Egypt! WOW!!
See [url=http://www.friendsanglicandioceseegypt.org/PDF/Statement from Bishop Mouneer Anis (27 June 2013).pdf]here[/url] for Bishop Mouneer’s latest statement on this dangerous situation. Huge demonstrations are planned for Sunday 30 June, and violence and bloodshed are feared. Please pray!
Well, that didn’t work. Go [url=http://www.friendsanglicandioceseegypt.org]here[/url], and click on Bishop Mouneer’s photo at the top right to see his statement.
In recent years Truro has become close to our Coptic brothers and sisters at St Marks Orthodox Coptic Church. They sometimes receive as many as ten immigrant families a month. Their Sr Pastor, Fr Bishoy Andreaws, is one of the most devout and wise man I know, and one of my dearest friends. We work together on a clinic for the poor, English as a second language and Alpha. He tells a similar story to Bishop Anis and I see the proof of it 3 miles from my house, as we labor together.
In our prayers, indeed.