Date: August 28, 2018
Muslims in the village of Sultan Basha uprooted Christians’ crops on 24 August after police intervened to stop demonstrators opposing the granting of legal status to a church building in the village.
On 24 August, Muslim villagers gathered outside the church building in Sultan Basha, around 150 miles south of Cairo. Police intervened and reportedly caught three Muslims who had damaged CCTV cameras on the church wall and gate and warned the mob against perpetrating further violence. Local Muslims then uprooted Christians’ crops and damaged irrigation pumps.
Local Muslims previously held three days of demonstrations earlier in July against the granting of legal status to the church building. The 400-strong Christian community in Sultan Basha have applied for legal status for the building, which has already been used to hold church meetings for around eight years.
Please join us in prayer: Bring before God the Christian community in Sultan Basha. Pray that local Muslims who are targeting the church and persecuting Christians will have a change of heart, as they encounter Christ through the peaceful actions of their Christian neighbors. Pray that, despite the damage done to their crops and irrigation system, the Lord will bless the work of their hands and Christians will see a fruitful harvest from their fields (Psalm 107:37).