|% Urban:||42.9 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||33.8 %|
|Literacy Rate:||75 %|
|Life Expectancy:||70.2 yrs (159/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||116 / 189|
|% Christian:||12.8 %|
|% Evangelical:||3.9 %|
|% Largest Religion:||86.7 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||25|
|% Unevangelized:||38 %|
|Persecution Ranking:||35 / 50|
A decade has passed since the upheaval of the Arab Spring. Some of the change protestors hoped for has arrived, but much remains the same as before 2011. President Sisi appears to be instilling authoritarian rule once again, but many – including Christians – feel this is necessary to curb Islamist movements from regaining control. Christians still live in a precarious situation regarding religious freedom and persecution. Many Muslims would prefer Egypt did not have such a large Christian population. Pray for a government that serves God’s purposes – to restrain evil, punish crime, and enable peaceful and quiet lives among the citizenry.
For over 1,000 years, Egypt was a majority-Christian country, even after the Arab Muslim conquest in AD 640. Egypt gave to the Christian world some of its greatest theologians and the monastic movement. Egyptian Christians may be more clearly linked to the original Egyptian civilization that pre-dates the coming of Islam. Some efforts have been made to minimize Egypt’s great Christian heritage, to downplay the size of the Church and to marginalize its contribution to society. But the Church survives. Pray for recognition of its history and role within Egypt and for an even greater role in the future.
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