Sheikh Khaled al-Gindi, a senior Islamic preacher in Egypt, has called on his government to allow Christians to build churches. Speaking in July he said, “As we demand that the West allows us to build mosques, we have to do the same here (in Egypt) with churches.” He added that “all citizens have the right to practice their religious rights”. Christians in Egypt struggle with an insufficient number of church buildings because it is very difficult to get permission to build new ones (or even repair the old ones). • Pray that Sheikh al-Gindi will be listened to and that his words will influence others. Pray too for more voices like his in Egypt. • Pray that President Mubarak, who must personally give permission for any new church, will take notice.