Middle East Calls for Prayer for Egypt as Protests Continue

Christians in the Middle East have issued a global call to prayer for Egypt as protests in the country are continuing for the third straight week.

The Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches, which represents over 20 member churches from Sudan to Armenia, have asked their global partners to pray for the Egyptian people, their future, and especially for the church in Egypt, according to an announcement on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) website.

The call comes as President Hosni Mubarak is set to give in to protestor's demands and step down, according to the Associated Press, which reported that a communiqué from the armed forces' supreme council will be issued later today.

Over the last two weeks, thousands of Egyptians have demonstrated in insistence that Mubarak, who has been in power for nearly 30 years, step down immediately.

Government buildings have been set ablaze and local officials threatened as the number of protestors continues to increase across the nation, fuled by issues of corruption and economic woes.

Meanwhile, Christians around the world have voiced their concern and support for peace in the region as the events have unfolded.

"We call for peaceful dialogue and joint efforts at every level of society to find the way forward to a future that brings hope and security for the good of all people and communities," reads a message from the World Council of Churches, a fellowship of some 560 million Christians around the globe.

"We pray to God for mercy and protection for the Egyptian people and for all religious communities, and we are standing together with the churches in these challenging times."

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