A committee has been working through applications to legalise unlicensed churches in Egypt after a law was passed in 2016 to expedite the process. Last year, over 1,000 churches received official approval.

Fortunately, the process has continued and, as a result, more applications have been granted. On 2 April, another 74 churches were legalised, bringing the total now to 1,568 out of the 3,730 submitted applications.

Until the 2016 legislation, it was nearly impossible for churches to obtain required licensing to build or restore a building, resulting in a large number of unlicensed structures.

Sources: Church in Chains, Watani

  • Praise God for this favourable development.
  • Pray that the committee will be equipped to continue their work of clearing up the backlog, so that churches still awaiting approval will have the needed documentation to continue in ministry.
  • Pray that Christians throughout Egypt find ways to effectively reach out with the Gospel of Christ.

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God of the Nations, Lord of all peoples, we pray for the nation of Egypt, especially President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. We pray for his conversion and pray for the success of your Gospel work and and our fellow labourers of the harvest as they serve in relatively stable times. Thank you for the favourable developments regarding the approval of church buildings and may this continue and may it be accompanied by a ‘tsunami of conversions’ so that the churches will be filled. May your people, young and old, be taught afresh and faithfully, and be equipped to serve you and… Read more »