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Two Bible Society bookshops destroyed in Egypt

Two Bible Society bookshops in Egypt were burned and destroyed in a recent attack by Muslim fundamentalists in the two largest cities in Southern Egypt. The General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt, Ramez Attalah, sent the following report:

“I have just received the sad news of the complete burning and destruction of our Bible Society’s bookshops in Assiut and Minia. These were both very beautiful, fully equipped bookshops. Fortunately we were closed today, fearing such an attack, so none of our staff were injured. The attackers demolished the metal doors protecting the bookshops, broke the store windows behind them and set the bookshops on fire. They did the same to many stores on those streets as well as demolishing many parked cars.”

Mr. Attallah added that similar incidents are taking place across the nation. At least 15 churches and three Christian schools were attacked and some set on fire. Egyptians expect more violence as clashes between the police and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) – supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi – continue. “Nevertheless,” Mr. Attalah expressed, “It is heartbreaking to watch on TV this bloodshed between fellow-Egyptians unfolding before our eyes.”

VIDEORamez Attalah’s interview with CBN News Channel

Please pray

Despite the uncertainty of the future, Mr. Attalah was grateful. “We thank God for His protection; praise Him that none of our staff were injured, and are determined – as soon as things settle down – to rapidly restore these two bookshops to continue providing God’s Word in those two strategic cities,” he said.

Please remember in your prayers the Bible Society of Egypt and the staff. Specifically, pray…

  • for an end to the violence, and for wisdom for the country’s leaders
  • For protection for all Christian properties across the nation
  • That these sad incidents would not increase the alienation of the MBs but that they would somehow be re-integrated into Egyptian society
  • For Christians to have a spirit of forgiveness and love towards those who are perceived as being our enemies

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