In November, three Coptic churches caught fire in Egypt. Currently, ongoing investigations seek to determine the causes of the church fires. Electrical short circuits have already become suggested culprits. However, Christians from these Churches are unconvinced.
Egyptian Church Remains Strong
SAT-7, a satellite TV ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, is offering encouragement to believers in the area. Rex Rogers, president of SAT-7 USA, recently visited Egypt. He says the Church in the Middle East faces a lot of pressure, but they are still living out their faith.
“The Coptic Church is alive and well. There are Evangelical churches that exist in Egypt that as long as they’re not out publicly and actively proselytizing, they’re pretty much left alone. Unless, again, something happens with an extremist,” Rogers says.
Though the church fires are suspicious, Rogers says the Church in the Middle East is resilient and robust. It is an example of what it means to live out James 1:2:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn