Egypt (MNN) — Thousands of Christians started out the New Year taking a risk in Egypt.
Tahrir Square in Cairo has been the hub for all sorts of protests and even atrocities in Egypt over the last year. But a church near the Square was ready to turn it into something else.
A New Year's Eve praise and worship service was scheduled to be held at Kasr El Dobara Church near Tahrir Square. The church body was hoping to better "share with those who need to understand our hope more fully." What better place to go than to the nearby Square?
According to SAT-7, a satellite television service for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, between 5,000 and 10,000 people joined the worship service as it moved from the church to the Square. The congregation calmly proceeded down the street holding candles and singing to God.
All went peacefully as Christians and non-Christians alike gathered to pray and call out to God. At least one believer was confident the event would be peaceful, noting, "It'll be peaceful because we've been praying a lot for this."
Thousands more across the nation were able to gather to pray for the country when SAT-7 was able to broadcast the service via satellite television.
Egypt remains in turmoil, but many have now been alerted to the words of Christ. Pray for many to turn to the Lord as a result of this event and other SAT-7 programming.