Although Coptic Orphans has not received any notification from the Egyptian government, Al Masry Al Youm reported today that the Ministry of Social Solidarity denied eight applications for international NGO registration, including the application that Coptic Orphans submitted in 2005.
According to the newspaper, these applications were denied because “mechanism[s] of implementation [were] found by the Egyptian [government] [to be in] conflict with state sovereignty over its territory.”
We do not understand how working with orphaned children in Egypt to promote education and break the cycle of poverty could in any way conflict with national sovereignty.
Until the Lord calls us to stop, Coptic Orphans will continue to fulfill its commitment to the children. Village volunteers in local parishes will continue to visit orphaned families, renovate homes, and provide tutoring: all with the same support. We have already taken steps to protect contributions, and will make sure that support reaches the field uninterrupted.
Coptic Orphans is legally prepared to challenge the decision in court.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NKJV)
One Body in Christ,
Founder and Executive Director