Egypt: Help for Christians
“Egypt may be the most intense place for Christians in the Middle East right now,” said The Voice of the Martyrs’ regional director for the Middle East. Christians were already treated like second class citizens. But now they are suffering because of an increase in attacks by radical Muslims.
Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school anymore. Muslim attackers had driven her family and more than 1,000 other Christians from their homes and their jobs in the town of El-Arish. The Christians were scattered throughout Egypt.
“We are a big family, lots of brothers and sisters,” Marina told a pastor in her new town. “My father is too poor to send us to school.”
The pastor encouraged Marina by telling her the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
The Voice of the Martyrs sent backpacks, school supplies, and school fees to El-Arish families about 10 days later. The pastor stopped at Marina’s house first to tell her the news. Marina and her mother cried with joy as they realized that Marina and all of her brothers and sisters would be able to attend school.
A Christian in Egypt noticed that persecution had increased the faith of some of the believers. “They have no one to depend on except God,” he said. “And God is providing for their needs.”
To Talk About
*Read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish in John 6. How might the story have encouraged Marina?
*How was the faith of the persecuted Christians strengthened?
(Source: The August 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)
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