Middle Eastern Christian Woman Tells Americans Not to Pray for Persecution to End

(PHOTO: REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY) Relatives of the Christian victims of the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 attend an absentee funeral mass at the main Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, May 22, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY)
Relatives of the Christian victims of the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 attend an absentee funeral mass at the main Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, May 22, 2016.

God’s plan for the Middle East is “working perfectly” even though the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians is seemingly getting worse by the day, a persecuted Egyptian Christian woman told American churchgoers on Sunday.

The Christian woman, who is referred to by the pseudonym of “Maryam” for security purposes, was encouraged by a group of six pastors and ministry leaders from the United States to travel to America and share her family’s story of persecution and speak about the dedicated faith displayed by Christians in the Middle East.

This past Sunday, Maryam visited MeadowBrook Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, and shared the story of how her father was sentenced to six months in jail after he complained to police about a Muslim man who was blocking the entrance to his store, threatening to kill him and disfigure his daughters with acid.

“I will let you and your sister be orphans,” Maryam said, recalling the Muslim man’s threats.

Although her father tried to file a complaint with police, he was sent away and told by authorities to forgive the Muslim man. But after Maryam’s father was physically assaulted, he went back to the police a second time and a case was finally filed. However, the Muslim man alleged that Maryam’s father had cut him.

Instead of the Muslim man being jailed for death threats and physical assault, he was set free while the judge sentenced Maryam’s father to prison.

As a whole, persecution and harassment are daily struggles for Egyptian and Middle Eastern Christians, Maryam said.

Maryam also spoke about a physical assault she suffered in Cairo on her way to the airport to travel to the U.S. She said she was assaulted by Muslim men because she did not bow to strict fundamentalist standards and cover her hair.

“I was walking in the street and behind me there was three guys and they started to insult me and things like that. I just kept walking. They held these small stones and they started to throw it on me,” she said. “They shouted in a loud voice, ‘Cover your hair!’ That is what I am seeing. It’s daily life. Everyday we are facing situations and it is very hard.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith