The members of an Egyptian church will have to celebrate Easter while trying to rebuild their church.
Recently, an armed mob attacked the Church of Society of Anba Karassof in a village in Sohag Governorate of Egypt. Three people were injured, including two priests; and some children attending the church's Sunday School were frightened. William Stark of International Christian Concern has an update.
“Police were called to the incident and they did break up the mob,” he reports, “but unfortunately as a result of that the police have used that mob attack to actually close down the church to - quote - ‘stop any further violent incidents.’”
That leaves about, 1,300 Christians in Upper Egypt without a church to celebrate Easter.
According to Stark, local officials are responsible for issuing permits to establish, expand, or renovate churches - and that played a role in the attack.
“According to our sources in Upper Egypt, this church had applied for expansion/renovation in September of 2017 and had not heard anything back from the local government,” he says. “So they started to go ahead with the actual construction because they actually needed more space to accommodate the number of believers that they have.”
Stark says that was used to motivate the mob attack.
Church members will have to celebrate Easter in churches in other towns, although it's unlikely and they will simply do so in their own homes. ICC is calling for prayer not only for this church, but for all Christians in Egypt facing persecution.
Editor's note: Image above is not of the Church of Society of Anba Karassof.