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Egypt: Delga Church Cancels Services For First Time In 1600 Years, Violence Against Christians Unprecedented


It was Moses who was sent to deliver the children of God from their affliction in Egypt the first time. The second time it will be God Himself …

2 Thessalonians 2:8, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”

Habakkuk 3:3, 6, 11-13, “His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden… He stood and measured the earth; He looked and startled the nations. And the everlasting mountains were scattered, The perpetual hills bowed… The sun and moon stood still in their habitation; At the light of Your arrows they went, At the shining of Your glittering spear. You marched through the land in indignation; You trampled the nations in anger. You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked, By laying bare from foundation to neck.”

Come, Lord Jesus ...

Come, Lord Jesus …

By Todd Daniels, ICC – “‘I’m afraid to get out from my home and walk in the streets of the village. The situation is so dangerous for us here,’ Father Youannis Shawky, a Coptic priest, told ICC.

This sentiment is shared by many in the Christian community throughout Egypt, as Christians have increasingly come under attack for their part in the protests to remove Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from office. The retaliation against Christians from Islamists has included the looting and burning of houses, churches, schools, and businesses. It has also become personal, as kidnapping and threats against individuals have been on the rise. In the city of Delga, in Upper Egypt, Islamist gangs took control, holding it captive for more than two months before security forces moved in.

Father Youannis is a priest of St. Mary and Anba Abraam Monastery in Delga, Egypt. The city of 120,000 people, including 15,000 Christians, had been under the control of hardline supporters of former President Morsi for nearly two months.

On Monday, September 16, Egyptian authorities staged an operation to retake the town. As the Guardian reports, ‘Two earlier attempts to retake Delga failed, but in the early hours of Monday morning police launched a third and decisive assault, and have now re-entered the town.’

The takeover by Morsi supporters occurred following his removal from office on July 3, when armed gangs in the city ran off the security forces and seized control. The situation for the Coptic Christian community became terrifying as many of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters blame the Christians for their loss of political power.

Speaking with International Christian Concern from Delga on September 12, Adel Shafik, a Coptic activist said, ‘From August 14 till now, more than 52 Christian families lost their homes, their homes were ransacked, burned, and demolished.’ He added that ‘more than 40 Christian families left the village fearing from the threats of the Muslim fanatics to them.’

The destruction did not stop with just homes, but also included many of the church buildings in the city. ‘Our monastery which includes three churches, St Mary Church, Mar Gigis Church, and Anba Abraam Church were looted, burned and demolished. Now we don’t have any another place to pray in,’ Shafik said.

The level of violence has reached a level unseen in centuries. As ICC reported, on August 18th, services were cancelled at the church for the first time in 1,600 years. Days earlier, the church, which dates back to the Fifth century, was looted and set on fire while calls for help went unanswered by the security forces, Christian Post recounted.

While these attacks continued, the security forces were nowhere to be seen. Father Youannis said, ‘Although there are all these attacks against Christians there is an absence of the police in the village. There is not any protection for the Christians here.’ Father Youannis added, ‘There is a situation of panic and fear among all the Christian families in the village.'” Read more.

  1. skai
    09/26/2013 at 3:03 PM

    When is the West going to WAKE UP to confront Muslim world? Or wait till muslims take over ?

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  2. ICA
    09/27/2013 at 11:42 PM

    The only time the West will wake up is when it is too late.

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    • 09/28/2013 at 3:06 AM

      I believe our Founding Fathers would have confronted this diabolical islamic “religion”, even if that were to mean bloodshed, and I believe God, himself, would have defended us. The trouble is, now we don’t really have enough godly political leaders anymore who will take a stand for the Truth. Our leaders mostly all have soiled hands in one way or another! We are basically reaping what we have sown! America will be doomed as a direct result of her rampant and flagrant sins against the Word of God–and particularly because she absolutely refuses to acknowledge the One and only true Savior who has the power to save her!!!

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