Two Egyptian believers working for Arab World Media share their insights on the revolution.
Interview One: Chris B interviews Abdul Al-Latif* of the Middle East Media Centre.
In the last seven years, Christian media has played a huge role. There are more than fifteen Christian satellite television channels in Arabic and Christian media production is at its peak. In the last few years, through media, many more people have come to Christ. We can see that from our follow-ministries. In the church itself we are seeing new faces, so we are witnessing the growth.
This unrest has shown that security is not really found in the government or the bank balance. Security is found only in Jesus Christ. This has made Christians think completely differently. People have started to go to church every day just to pray early in the morning. During demonstrations, churches have been full from seven o'clock. It is amazing. People have gathered to pray: for the church, for Christian leaders, for Muslims, for the country, for everything. That may never have happened if it was not for the hardship in our country. We praise God for that.
Usually we say hardship is difficult and we are scared of it. But hardship has brought blessing, it has made us stronger in our faith. Hopefully it will make the Church bold enough to go and share the gospel with the Muslim majority.
Interview Two: Transcript of UCB's Paul Hammond's interview with Moklis Amin* from the French Media Centre.
God is shaking the nations. I believe that it is time for the Arab world to wake up to the message of the gospel. People have been in darkness for so many years and now there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Church has a big responsibility in this window.
I have heard Christians conduct a public service on the streets of Cairo, for the first time in modern history. This has only happened during the demonstrations. From the erected pulpit at Tahrir Square they placed the phrase 'pray to God' and led the crowd in singing 'God bless our country'. Both Muslims and Christians have listened to this message of hope that God has not abandoned them. There is hope of eternal life through Him.
Pray for wisdom as things could easily go out of control. Also pray that Christians would not be afraid to share the gospel with their neighbours. For many years to spirit of fear has been dominant. People would never dare talk about Christ in public for fear of being arrested. We can pray that the Lord would give freedom, a good word and a hope to a nation starved of encouragement for the last three decades.
* Name has been changed.
Photo: Jonathan Rashad © 2011