www.barnabasfund.org A new convert was attacked outside his home on Sunday 5 July in Egypt. The victim, Maher el-Gohary, reports that one of the men shouted the Islamic cry of “Allah is Great” during the attack, while stabbing him with a dagger. The attackers called him an infidel and cursed his Christian faith. He says, “They were aiming at my neck to behead me.” El-Gohary fell to the ground covered in blood, and he maintains that, had it not been for the action of passers-by, he would probably have succumbed to his injuries.
Maher el-Gohary had been a Christian for 36 years, but his conversion was first brought to public attention in May 2009 when he tried to have the religion on his ID card changed to reflect his faith. (See Prayer Focus Update May 2009 and June 2009.) Shortly after his conversion became public, Maher and his 15-year-old daughter Dina, who is also a Christian, were forced into hiding, and they have had to move home as often as once or twice a month to avoid being discovered. This is not the first attempt on his life since his conversion became public.
- Thank God for the firmness of Maher and Dina’s Christian faith, despite the numerous attacks and obstacles they have encountered. Pray for their protection.
- Pray for all those in Egypt who are fighting for the right to be recognised as Christians, that the Lord will grant them peace and protection.