In Egypt, Christians often struggle to receive proper medical care in Muslim-controlled hospitals and clinics, and some are even unable to access them at all. Systemic discrimination including limited access to education and jobs results in poverty, leaving access to any medical care out of reach.
Ibrahim is just one example.
Ibrahim is 71 years old; he lives in Upper Egypt with his wife of 40 years. For most of his adult life, he worked as a labourer in construction. He carried cement, sand and bricks to provide for his wife and children.
In retirement, he receives just $140 per month as a pension from the government. This amount is not enough for Ibrahim and his wife to live on and their now adult children financially assist when they can.
Over time, Ibrahim’s sight has deteriorated. He was particularly unhappy when he could no longer read the small print of his Bible. He could not afford to pay for an eye examination, nor could he afford glasses.
Last year, a VOM-sponsored mobile medical clinic came to Ibrahim’s village. This particular clinic specialised in eye care. Ibrahim attended the clinic where his eyes were examined and he was provided with glasses, free of charge.
Ibrahim is once again able to read the Bible and he spends much time reading the words of his precious Saviour.
Voice of the Martyrs Australia funded 10 mobile medical clinics in 2020, in Upper Egypt and Alexandria.
In addition to eye care, specialist doctors including gastroenterologists, dermatologists, urologists, gynaecologists and ENT surgeons provided various treatments as needed.
Clinic teams also conduct outreach ministries to provide Bibles, Christian literature, teaching and prayer. These clinics not only operate as an opportunity to provide for persecuted believers struggling with poverty, but also as an outreach to Muslims in the community.
Voice of the Martyrs intends to fund this project again in 2021. If you would like to partner with us to provide medical care to our brothers and sisters in Egypt, please donate to VOMedical.
Please pray that the recipients of this care will see the help as a blessing from God and be encouraged in their walk with Him.
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