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Egyptian Boys Arrested

Egyptian children
Egyptian children playing in the garbage

Two boys in Egypt were arrested recently for “blaspheming the Quran.” The boys, Nabil Nagy Rizk, age 10, and Mina Nady Faraq, age 9, are from Christian families.

“Blasphemy” means a word or deed that dishonors something holy. The Quran is the Muslim holy book.

A Muslim leader in the boys’ village said that the boys had torn up pages of a Quran. The father of one of the children said that the boys cannot read and did not know what the pages said. He said they found the pages among garbage in the street.

Thankfully, the boys were later released, and their case was closed.

Enterblasphemy” in the search box on this site to read other stories about Christians who have been accused of dishonoring Islam in Muslim countries. Pray for Christians in those countries.


Egypt Twins: Update

Egypt

A 2008 story on this site told about Mario and Andrew, Christian twins in Egypt who refused to take a test at school about Muslim teachings.

The twins’ father had divorced their mother and had become a Muslim. He changed Mario and Andrew’s identity cards and had them registered as Muslims. At school, they were treated as Muslims.

Recently a court decision said that Mario and Andrew can have new ID cards that say they are Christians.

Pray that they will finish their education. Ask God to help Christians in Egypt stay strong in their faith even when they are treated unfairly.


Florida VBS

Egypt

Rhonda L., a VBS director from Florida, shared the following with VOM about the Kids of Courage VBS at their church last month.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids come, and we had 4 kids accept Christ and so many kids who have said they want to be missionaries when they get older. It was a wonderful experience for our whole church! We built a jail and we decorated each classroom like the country. We build a tunnel up the stairway going into our China classroom, we had pyramids in Egypt and a hut in North Korea. Our oldest class included 7th, 8th and 9th graders, and they loved it too. We had the Kids of Courage World News station and so much more! Parents said their kids could not stop talking about it.”

Note: To find out more about the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.


Beards for Ramadan

Man in Turban

Many Muslim men consider it a good thing to grow a beard. However, some radical Muslims think a man cannot even be a good Muslim without a beard. A group of radical Muslims urged Egyptian men to grow beards before Ramadan this year. Their goal was for a million men to have beards by August.

Others in Egypt do not want radical Muslims to gain more power in the country. They fear radicals would demand that everyone follow their strict rules. Christians who live in places ruled by strict Muslim law, called Shariah law, are often treated unfairly.

Pray for Egypt to choose wise people to lead their government.


Struggles for Christians

Evangelism
A Christian evangelizing to Muslims

New clothes, gifts, late-night family feasts, sports and games, times of prayer, and special TV shows — Muslim children in Egypt look forward to all these things during Ramadan. But many Egyptian Christians do not look forward to Ramadan. Here is what an Egyptian Christian told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs about problems he has experienced with radical Muslims:

“During Ramadan, radical Muslims are especially extreme. Christians are careful not to eat in public, not even to chew gum. What would radical Muslims do if they caught Christians eating? They would spit on them, curse them, or sometimes fight them.”

A Ramadan “Gift”
“During one Ramadan, 30 Christian girls age 15 to 20 were kidnapped by fanatic Muslims. The Muslims said the girls were the Christians’ Ramadan gift to the Muslims.” — A Christian in Egypt.

Pray for Christians in Muslim countries during Ramadan.