• Leader: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
  • Population: 95.2 million (9.5 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Government: Republic
  • World Watch List Rank: 21
  • Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism

Egyptian Christians live in a deeply polarised society, caught between secular nationalists and radical Islamists.

Following the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, which many Christians were perceived as supporting, radical Islamists have violently targeted believers. Christians also face discrimination from the secular government: though they make up ten per cent of Egypt's population, they are not considered equal citizens and face restrictive legislation. Converts to Christianity also face rejection and isolation from their communities because of their new faith.

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Please Pray 

  • For Christian converts who are ousted from their homes for leaving Islam, that the Lord would provide for them
  • For Christians who are discriminated against in social, political and legal affairs - that they would entrust their situation to God
  • That God would bring the leaders of Islamist groups to Christ.


How we help

In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Egypt through:

  • Literacy training and education projects
  • Youth and family ministry
  • Advocacy support
  • Medical outreach
  • Women's empowerment training and ministry to widows.

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