Barnabas Fund - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Christmas Appeal: Transforming a Garbage...

Email:

Christmas Appeal: Transforming a Garbage City

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Christmas Appeal: Transforming a Garbage City

Project(s): 11-599

Country/Region: EGYPT

By the time you are reading this, Christmas will be just a few weeks away. Soon our thoughts and worship will be focusing on the star, the shepherds, the angels and the birth of the Lord Jesus.

Egypt: a place of refuge for our Saviour...

But not long after He was born, Mary and Joseph had to take their young child and flee to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of King Herod.

For two thousand years, Christians in Egypt have delighted in knowing that their homeland once provided a place of refuge for the Saviour.

Over the next few centuries, Egypt became a great stronghold of Christianity, in particular the port of Alexandria which was a centre of Christian learning. But when the Muslim armies conquered in the seventh century, Egyptian Christians began to experience discrimination, oppression and persecution. Many converted to Islam to escape the pressure they were under. But others remained faithful to the Lord, and thus a vibrant, Bible-believing Church exists today in Egypt.

Still suffering for Christ

Christians in Egypt still suffer discrimination and persecution in the twenty-first century. As a result many live in desperate poverty, barely able to feed and clothe their families.

The poorest of all are the thousands of Christians who have no home but the rubbish heaps which surround Cairo, the so-called "garbage cities". Here they are born, live and die. Somehow they eke out a living from the rotting, stinking refuse, sorting it with their bare hands. Ignored by the government and authorities, their only hope is to receive help from fellow Christians.

The photos in this letter were taken at one of the poorest and most crowded of these garbage cities. Here thousands of Christians live in pitiful, heart-breaking and appalling conditions. There are no medical facilities and only one school, which is grossly inadequate for the number of children. There are some 1,200 Christian children living in this garbage city who cannot go to school.

Pillar of Faith School

Barnabas Fund is adopting this garbage city and, with the help of the Lord, will be seeking to bring about the transformation of the lives of the Christian community. As a first project we have pledged to provide the funding needed to build a Christian primary school here. It will be called Pillar of Faith School, a name chosen by the Egyptian Christians to show how important their faith is to them. The plan is for a two-storey building with eight classes of children ranging in age from 4 to 12. As is normal in Egypt, the classes will be large, with 50-60 children in each.

Can you help this Christmas?

As you prepare to celebrate this Christmas season, please remember in your prayers the needs of the garbage city Christians in Cairo.

If the Lord lays it on your heart to make a gift to help the Pillar of Faith School, be assured that your generosity will bring real hope and joy to Christian brothers and sisters in great need.

If you would like to make a gift in lieu of a Christmas present to a friend or relative, we can provide a special gift certificate, indicating that a gift has been made on their behalf to assist suffering Christians.

Yours in the service of the persecuted Church,

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo
International Director

P.S. If you have recently given a gift to Barnabas Fund, please do not feel pressured to give again, but do lift up the garbage city Christians in your prayers.

Help us: Share this article

Email:

Christmas Appeal: Transforming a Garbage City

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon

    Daily prayer

    Daily prayer_icon
    • Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka facing attacks from Buddhist extremists, who have forced the closure of numerous churches. In an apparently positive move, the government has created a Religious Disputes Unit to address conflicts between different groups and combat attempts to create religious discord. But many Christians and Muslims believe that Buddhist extremists are allowed to operate with impunity and that the new unit will not solve the problems faced by non-Buddhists. A cap on the building of places of worship has also been announced, and this seems to serve the Buddhist lobby, which is opposed to expanding Christian activity. Pray for protection for Christian congregations and that their ministry and mission will not be further impeded. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 46 minutes ago

    • Cry out to the Lord for Alexis Prem Kumar, a 47-year-old Christian minister from India who was abducted in Afghanistan on 2 June. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but three Taliban militants have been arrested in connection with it. Alexis had worked for an NGO in Afghanistan since 2011, helping returning refugees. He was leaving a school near Herat for Afghan children who have recently returned from Iran or Pakistan when he was seized. Give thanks for Alexis’ willingness to serve the Lord in what remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians, and pray for his safe return. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Sep 2014 00:00

    • The case of an Egyptian Christian man arrested following complaints by Muslim neighbours that he had been using his home as a church without a permit highlights the need of the Christian community for more places of worship. The 55-year-old man from Minya in Upper Egypt, where Christians are particularly vulnerable to persecution, was arrested once before, in 2011, for the same offence. Every church building in Egypt requires a permit, but these are notoriously difficult to obtain. Pray that the authorities will show leniency to the Christian man and that a provision in the new constitution addressing the issue of church buildings will be enacted. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Sep 2014 00:00

    • Kidnapping for ransom has been a persistent problem for the Christian community in Egypt amid the political upheaval and instability following the “Arab Spring” revolution of 2011. On 14 June, Wadie Ramses, a well-known surgeon, was seized in El-Arish. The assailants opened fire on his vehicle and took him away wounded. They later demanded a ransom of ten million Egyptian Pounds (£800,000; US$1.4 million) for his release. Two days later, Christian merchant Gemal Shenouda was captured near his home in the same city. It is thought that Islamic militants with links to al-Qaeda, who have been behind escalating violence in the Sinai region, are responsible for the kidnappings. Pray for the safe return of our two Christian brothers and that they and their families will know the Lord’s peace. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Sep 2014 00:00

    • On 18 June, Bishoy Armia Boulous (31) was sentenced to five years in prison and given a fi ne of 500 Egyptian Pounds (US£70; £40) for “disturbing the peace by broadcasting false information” in connection with reports he produced relating to anti-Christian violence in Minya for a Christian TV channel. His lawyer believes that Bishoy has been targeted because of his conversion from Islam. The Christian gained notoriety in Egypt in 2007 as the first person to try to change his religion on his ID card, a case that is still unresolved owing to the political tumult in the country over the last three years. Pray that the Lord will be Bishoy’s strength and shield (Psalm 28:7), and that he will soon be released. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Sep 2014 00:00

    © Barnabas Fund 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
    Barnabas Fund & Barnabas Aid are registered trade marks