EGYPT - Hidden Persecution of Christian Women

Arno Froese

Egypt’s Christian community faces dangers that most other Egyptians needn’t fear. Threats of violence during church services, attacks on buses filled with innocent pilgrims and their children, and assaults on successful Christian businesses happen all too frequently. 

An ongoing nightmare in Egypt has gone virtually unnoticed for years. Victims fall silent. Authorities turn a blind eye and religiously-motivated kidnappings are extremely difficult to document.

But the truth is that Christian women in Egypt face an epidemic of kidnapping, rape, beatings and torture. Innumerable girls and women vanish forever, and even if they are somehow rescued, their stories are thought to be so shameful that they’re hidden as dark family secrets. 

The attacks vary—some happen randomly, when a vulnerable female is spotted walking alone on a sidewalk. Other are plotted by Islamist consortiums, who pay kidnappers as much $3,000 per girl. The assailants rape the victims, hold them in captivity, then demand that the terrified young women to convert to Islam—often violently abusing them until they surrender.

-www.jpost.com, 5 December 2018

Arno's commentary

The tragedy of persecution continues in many countries, in particular Muslim-dominated ones. We are not informed whether this deals primarily with people of Christian religion or true believers. Regardless, it is a horrible crime against humans and, in this case, fellow Egyptians. 

We are concerned with believers, and in that case we have comfort, for we read in 1 Peter 3:14: “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.” All true believers should continue to pray for those who are persecuted.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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