The Cost of Faith for Egyptian Converts: Part 2
In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.
02/21/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Mohammed was eventually released, but knows that the incident could repeat itself. All that it takes is a vague accusation, such as blasphemy, for the police to return. Should there be a “next time,” he might not be released. Zaki explained how often “the MBB is kept for investigation. And until someone would get [him] a lawyer and prove that he is innocent, which can take months, he is in police custody and subjected to all kinds of mistreatment.”
The police, however, know that their actions are wrong. “One of the ways that the police officers use to get away from investigations from the human rights NGOs is to detain the MBB with a different name in the police records. So if any asked about him, they could not find his name,” explained Nabil, who also ministers among MBBs. He knows of at least 60 cases where this happened last year.
Undoubtedly, the price that MBBs in Egypt pay for their faith in Christ is quite high. But ICC is hard at work to stand alongside them amidst these challenges. ICC has provided numerous MBBs with basic household necessities, such as beds and kitchenware, to support them during this difficult season of transition.
Through our emergency assistance work, MBBs such as Bashar receive the opportunity to pursue a more secure life. Overjoyed, he told ICC, “I know that I don’t have anything in my pocket except this 10 EGP (0.5 USD), but because of what God has done to help us now… I know that God provides.”
Despite the many struggles that they face, MBBs like Bashar “do not feel that they are martyrs, but they feel that any price is cheap in comparison to their love to Jesus,” said one ministry leader. We must continue to stand alongside them.
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