Pray for Tripoli and Christ the King Church

Fierce battles have now raged for weeks in the troubled Libyan capital – See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/battle-tripoli-continues-despite-calls-ceasefire-121955308#sthash.21xhdxCA.dpuf
Fierce battles have now raged for weeks in the troubled Libyan capital – See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/battle-tripoli-continues-despite-calls-ceasefire-121955308#sthash.21xhdxCA.dpuf

Intense fighting between rival armed groups and militias has rocked the city of Tripoli in Libya over recent weeks. There has been indiscriminate shelling of urban areas, and according to the Ministry of Health, the fighting has killed 214 and injured 981 in Tripoli and Benghazi. The government in Libya has attempted to issue ceasefire orders, but with no force loyal to the state strong enough to take on the militias on its own, and enforce the decisions, the decrees have not had any effect.

Please pray for safety and security for the leaders and congregations of Christ the King Church in Tripoli. Rev. Ayo, one of the priests, wrote today “I was robbed of my phone yesterday evening, but glory be to the Lord for His presence which prevailed over them, because their intention was to take me away.”

Rev. Vasihar and Malini continue to serve at the church, as they feel it is important for them to be there for the many Indian church members who are still staying in Tripoli and elsewhere. Rev. Samuel and Hony were in Egypt when the violence started, and have been asked to remain in Egypt for now. Many Egyptians have left the country, and at the moment there are no Egyptians coming to the church for the Arabic-speaking services

Please pray for the whole nation and its future.

 

Pray for peace as Egypt goes to the polls

As Egyptians vote in the constitutional referendum on the 14th and 15th of January 2014, Bishop Mouneer asks for prayers for peace.

“As the Egyptian people are now preparing to go to the polls to vote on the new constitution, they are also concerned about the continuous violence and terroristic attacks.

The aim of these attacks is to deter people from voting. The number of people that vote will be an indicator of the support of the people for the roadmap that was announced by the interim government on the 3rd of July last year.

Our hope and prayer is that this referendum will pass peacefully. This will pave the road towards the presidential and parliamentary elections, which in turn will lead to more stability and security in this land.

For all Egyptians, including Christians, the last few months have not been easy. The supporters of the former president attacked police stations and churches. In order to see the creation of a free and democratic country, Christians realise that there are many sacrifices to be made.

Even so, we sense that the future of our country will be more inclusive of all its citizens unlike the previous regime.

Believing that national unity is very important at this time, the Anglican Church in Egypt seeks to be bridge builders and instruments of reconciliation in our country.

An example of this is our current efforts to use the arts, and cultural events, to bring people of all backgrounds together at our Cathedrals in Cairo and Alexandria.

Additionally, we just ended a successful exchange program that brought together 60 imams and priests from several areas of Egypt that have experienced sectarian conflicts during the past year. With God’s grace, we will repeat this program next year.

As we think of the Prince of Peace, we pray that this region of the Middle East may experience his peace that passes all understanding. Pray for us as we seek to be peacemakers at this point of time in Egypt and beyond.”

+Mouneer

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