Thursday 3 February 2011
"Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken." Psalm 62:6
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Thank you for your continuous prayers, emails and phone calls. We value and appreciate this.
I am sorry to tell you that things did not go well yesterday evening. The morning gave us hope as demonstrators started to leave Tahrir Square. However, in the evening things changed 180 degrees when the crowds who support President Mubarak arrived to Tahrir Square and both the supporters and demonstrators clashed with each other. Fires due to Molotov cocktails and stones were used in these clashes. Three people were killed and over six hundred people were injured.
Today the Government started dialogue with the opposition and we hope and pray that things will calm down. I called upon the people of Egypt to give time for the new government to achieve the needed security, justice and democracy. We meet everyday at the Cathedral to pray for the situation. We thank God because all our churches and institutions are safe.
We with many other Egyptians are very sad because of the violence and destruction within our beloved country Egypt. Egypt is known in the region to be "the mother of the world." Now, the mother is wounded by its own children, which is harder than wounds of outside wars.
Please pray so that God may give wisdom to all those who are in authority to put an end to this unacceptable violence. Pray for the demonstrators in order that they may go back to their homes and wait for the new government to act. Pray for the medical teams who are dealing with the wounded. Pray especially tomorrow as people tend to gather and demonstrate on Fridays. Last Friday was very bad, as you know. Pray for God's protection for all the people of Egypt.
We have hope in God who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
May the Lord bless you!
Yours in Christ,