Day 12

Egypt, North Africa
Population: 88,487,000
Chief of State: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Head of Gov.: [Acting] Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab
Christians: 13.0%
Evangelical Christians: 3.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 16th
Life Expectancy: 73.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 73.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 25.2%
Refugees Living in Egypt: 261,741

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A Coptic church in Upper Egypt is closed after a throng of angry Muslims attacked it, beating a priest and another Copt. More than 200 fearful children who had gathered for Bible lessons looked on. The priest, identified as Father Basilious, sustained a minor head injury. The children were terrified by the club- and knife-wielding crowds. Police issued an indefinite closure order, pending investigations, and froze all activities of the 10-year-old church, including its day care and the Sunday School. Pray that the Church will be allowed to function. Pray that the priest and the families are protected (The Bible, Matthew 16:18).

Church Closed in Egypt after Muslim Mob Frightens Children in Sunday School

Uzbekistan, Central Asia
Population: 29,200,000
Chief of State: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Head of Gov.: Deputy Prime Minister Ulugbek Rozukulov
Christians: 2.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 17th
Life Expectancy: 73.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 17%
Refugees Living in Uzbekistan: 86,828

Pray for Uzbekistan - facebook page

Police raided the home of a local citizen and found a New Testament, which she had been given as a gift from a local Christian Believer. The Bible was confiscated and later destroyed and the Christian was taken to court and fined about two weeks’ worth of wages. She was told that using a New Testament for missionary purposes was illegal. It is possible that as she had been sharing her faith, someone made a complaint to the police. Pray that this might not discourage the faith and boldness of the Believers in this town (The Bible, Galatians 6:9).

UZBEKISTAN: Fined for giving New Testament away (Forum 18)