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On the evening of October 20th, two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on guests exiting a Coptic Christian church in Giza (about 20 kilometres southwest of central Cairo). The gunmen fired automatic weapons as the guests were leaving the church after attending a wedding ceremony.

Tragically, a young girl was among the three victims who had been killed; several others were injured. Reportedly, the masked gunmen were somehow able to flee despite the congested traffic. The Director of Giza Security formed a task force to find the gunmen. The attack is yet to be classified as "criminal" or "terrorist."

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million people, and have generally coexisted peacefully with majority Sunni Muslims for centuries, despite bouts of sectarian tension. However, since the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3rd, the country has experienced the worst attacks against churches and Christian properties in centuries. For more information on the plight of Christians in Egypt, please click here. A recently produced four-minute documentary can be viewed at this page.

Pray that the Lord will minister in a special way to the traumatized bride and groom, as well as all of their attending friends and relatives who are also experiencing terrible shock and grief due to this recent tragedy. Ask Him to bring healing to the injured and comfort to those who've lost dear loved ones. May this incident of violence somehow be miraculously used for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)... serving to further strengthen His people, bring about greater church unity and lead many more of Egypt's citizens to eternal salvation.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC works with international partners to provide a safe place of refuge, counsel and discipleship for Christians from Muslim backgrounds who were forced to flee their homes due to religious pressure from their families, and/or have experienced ostracization from others in their communities because of their identity in Christ.

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Country Information


106,437,241 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Egyptian (99.7), other (0.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (90), Christianity (10)

President Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (2014)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system based on Napoleonic civil and penal law, Islamic religious law, and vestiges of colonial-era laws

Source: World Factbook

Pray for Egypt

Pray on behalf of those who are facing economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith. Ask the Lord to provide for their spiritual and practical needs – further strengthening and emboldening them so they can effectively share the message of the Gospel with others in their communities. May the hearts of those who hear it be open and receptive to the wonderful truths contained in God’s Word.


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Egypt News

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    Crosses atop a church.
    A church in Egypt.
    Photo: VOMC

    While the Egyptian government formed a committee in September 2016 to work through 3,730 applications to legalize unlicenced church buildings, the process has been slow. When VOMC last reported on the situation in September 2021, there were still 1,772 applications rem

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    A shaded path leading to a church entry
    A Coptic church.
    Photo: Flickr / jipolo (cc)

    A Christian man and his elderly father were shot dead by Islamic terrorists on August 30th while working in their field. Police found the bodies of 40-year-old Hani Waheeb Moussa and his father Salama after family members had lost contact with them. Han

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    St. George's Church in Cairo
    The Coptic church traces its presence in Egypt back to the first century.
    Photo: Flickr / Edgardo W. Olivera (cc)

    In 2016, a government committee was established in Egypt to work through more than 3,700 applications for the legalization of previously unlicenced church buildings. While the process

  • Christian Appointed Head of the Supreme Constitutional Court
    Supreme Constitutional Court building
    Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt
    Photo: Wikipedia / Ahmad Badr (cc)

    On February 9th, the Egyptian president officially swore in the new head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court: Boulos (Paul) Fahmy Eskandar. Judge Eskandar is the first Coptic Christian to be appointed to this positi