If you want to know how persecution can destroy someone’s faith, meet Baher.
“I hated myself and I hated God,” said this young Egyptian Christian.
Baher* left school at 13 because his family were desperately poor. Employment options were limited because of their faith. Baher knew the quarry was unsafe – but he had no choice but to join other persecuted believers in the most dangerous work, in one of Upper Egypt’s deadly stone quarries.
His worst fears were realised: Within a week, Baher’s arm was severed in a horrific accident. Then his brother died on the job.
Grinding, relentless persecution crushed Baher’s faith, and he turned his back on God. And he’s not the only one. Across Egypt and the Middle East, persecution is robbing a generation of hope and purpose.
The future, for young people and the Church, looks desolate. But you can change it.
Every R260 could provide a month of medical care and support to a persecuted Christian.
Every R700 could help train and disciple vulnerable young quarry workers, to strengthen their faith.
Every R2050 could give financial security to a persecuted Christian family, through a small business loan.
Thanks to support from people like you, Baher received vital help to take him to a better future. A micro-loan meant he could launch a new business. It strengthened his faith, and meant he remained in his homeland to keep the Church alive. “I blamed God for my family’s trauma, but you supported us,” said Baher. “Now we are thankful. If you had not backed me, I would not have changed. You lifted my morale and restored my relationship with God.”
Now other young people in the Middle East – including those still working in Egypt’s stone quarries – urgently need your gifts and prayers.
Thank you for support today.
*Name changed for security reasons