Category Archives: Wise (and Godly) Giving

A Message of Hope

I was on Facebook the other day and saw this picture. The tears in this little girl’s eyes sum up the situation in Egypt for me, yet the quote struck me.

There is so much suffering.

Basma* is terrified to go to school even fully veiled. She has to brave intimidation on the way, and unfair treatment as a Christian at the school.

And 6-year old Samy* is worn out waiting in line for five hours every day, just so he can bring home some subsidized eish balady bread.

But just below the picture, there’s a quote from Scripture: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – (John 16:33, ESV)

Our Lord’s promise is that He has already overcome and we have proof of that. Continue reading

How Evangelicals Can Help Copts: Response to Brian Stiller

Last Friday, Brian Stiller of the World Evangelical Alliance rightly wrote that “Egypt is a bellwether for the Middle East. If Christians (12% of the population) walk away, the power and presence of Christian ideals will lose by default.” Despite the pervasive social, economic, and political pressures they face in Egypt, his simple response is to tell Copts, Egypt’s ancient indigenous Christians: “don’t leave.”

Egypt Christians need more than that. But the good news is that it would be easy for Evangelicals to contribute what Egypt Christians need, if only Evangelicals–especially those in America—merely adjusted their paradigm about the cause of Christian minorities in the Middle East. Continue reading