Egypt Summit held in
On February 7-8, 2012, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) convened a special Egypt Summit and issued a worldwide call for prayer for the Church in Egypt. As you know, Advocates International serves as General Counsel for the Religious Liberty Commission of the WEA, and I attended the Summit.
Five key national leaders within the Christian community in Egypt shared with an international gathering of about 25, their analysis of the current realities facing the Body of Christ in a "post-revolution Egypt," and shared a great sense of hope, amid the turmoil. Among these leaders was the Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, General Director of The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), Dr. Atef Gendy, President of the Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo, and Ramez L. Atallah, General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt.
Dr. Zaki shared with us that since the January 2011 revolution begun in Tahrir Square, Egyptian Christians feel a freedom from fear, and can now express their opinions. He added that there are challenges ahead, and religious freedom remains key, especially with the uncertainty following the Parliamentary elections in which the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists now holding some two-thirds of the seats.
Please continue to join with us as we pray for our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ in Egypt who continue to "trust in God's power," knowing that the situation is "tough but not impossible" and a continue to live with a "willingness to follow the Cross."
Grace and peace,
President & CEO
|Pakistani Christian Kurram Masih Still Facing Blasphemy Charges
Please continue to join with us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan who are representing Christians facing trial on the charges of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed. Our colleagues from CLAAS are involved in helping to defend yet another. Here is their latest report on Khurram Masih:
Greetings from CLAAS!
As you know that Khurram Masih bail application was dismissed by the honorable Mr. Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and directed to Mr. Abdul Sattar Langha Additional Sessions Judge, to the Sessions Court, Lahore to conclude the case trial which was fixed for February 22, 2012.
Rasheed Masih (father of Khurram Masih) became disappointed he was not satisfied with the legal proceedings of his Muslim lawyer Mr. S. Muhammad Farhad Tirmazi, from LEAD. He came to CLAAS office and requested that he wants CLAAS to pursue his son Khurram Masih's case.
Therefore it is to inform you that CLAAS has taken up this case properly and CLAAS senior Lawyer Ch. Amin Javed Advocate Supreme Court, Mr. Tahir Bashir advocate High Court, Mr. Tanvir Gill Advocate High Court and Mr. Nasir Anjum Subay will submit a joint Power of Attorney on February 22, 2012 in the Sessions Court on the behalf of Khurram Masih.
CLAAS request your prayers release of Khurram Masih from jail as well as fake accusations soon. We trust that prayers work.
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