A busy market street in Cairo
In Egypt, a person’s religion is labeled on their national identification card.
If someone decides to leave Islam and become a follower of Christ, they cannot change their ID card. This creates challenges for churches to minister to converts who are still officially Muslims. Churches in this region sometimes face extreme hostility from the Islamic community, and those who work among former Muslims regularly face death threats. Despite the risk, our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt understand the need to shepherd and disciple new followers of Christ. One front-line worker who serves former Muslims said, “To do this work is to be close to heaven.”