Barnabas Fund. At the height of the swine flu outbreak in April, local Christians in Egypt and Jordan were deprived of a major source of income. In Egypt, the Health Minister ordered the slaughter of all pigs, approximately 300,000 animals. The rate of compensation was around 25 Egyptian pounds per pig (£2.70 GBP). In Jordan, the government closed down the country’s five pig farms, which housed around 800 animals. These measures were completely unnecessary in health terms and, as the Muslim majority neither eat pork nor rear pigs, have served only to damage the livelihoods of local Christians. Some Christians in Egypt believed the authorities were simply taking the opportunity to damage Christian interests, as the instruction was given with no consultation with the local people. A Christian writes from Egypt that the slaughter caused “great distress and loss of livelihood for about 300 families in this one village … it is also causing the garbage village to fill up with rotting garbage , which had previously been fed to the pigs. Every day the Christians are singing a song based on Habakkuk 3:17-18: though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” • Pray for the Christian families affected by the needless slaughter of animals. Pray that they will continue to rejoice in the Lord, even in these difficult times. • Please pray that they may find an alternative way of making a living, and that the authorities will treat them with greater justice and equity in future.