Egypt

Statstics

  • 3% of 1 million square miles is arable land and can be usedegy2
  • 86 million people
  • Capital: Cairo (12 million)
  • Bible city: Alexandria (4.5 million)
  • City dwellers – 43%
  • Population under 15 – 32%
  • Life expectance – 70 years
  • Mlitary Rule
  • People live on about 5% of our current average income
  • but people see this…

Prayer for Egyptegy3

  1. Church leaders
  2. A spiritual awakening Church-wide
  3. The biblically based renewal movement in the Coptic Church begun by God in 1930
  4. Christians in the business and political world
  5. Christians to stay in Egypt and stand firm in their faith
  6. Christians not to return to the Muslim faith through marriage or abduction
  7. Government response to persecution and violence
  8. Increasing number of Muslims converting to the Christian faith
  9. Training of church leaders and the next generation of church leaders
  10. Most church leaders have no training
  11. Unreached people – most Muslims have never heard the Gospel

Peoplesegy1

  • Arab – 92%
  • Berber – 2%
  • Gypsy (Dom) – 1.5%
  • Nubians – 1.1%
  • Westerners -1%

Literacy and Language

  • Less than 50% are functionally literate
  • Official language – Arabic
  • Other languages – 26
  • Indigenous languages – 11
  • Two languages have complete Bible
    • One language has the New Testament
    • Three languages have parts of the Bible

Economy

  • 1/3 of people work in agriculture
  • As cities expand less arable land to farm
  • Rapid privatization since the fall of the dictator three years ago (Arab Spring)
  • Large portion of population live in poverty
  • Natural gas, oil, textiles, tourism and Suez Canal fees – money from Egyptians working overseas being sent home

Religious Statistics egy4

  • Muslim – 87%
  • Christian – 12.5%
  • Non-religious – 0.5%
  • Types of Christian Churches
    • Coptic Orthodox
    • Evangelical Church of England
    • Catholic Church
    • Greek orthodox Church
    • Assemblies of God
    • Armenian Orthodox Church
    • Free Methodist
    • Christian Brethren (Exclusive)
    • Pentecostal Church of God

For over 1,000 years Egypt was a majority-Christian country. It is now the intellectual centre of Sunni Islam

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