Pray for Egypt

Learn about and pray for Egypt in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Egypt’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Specific prayer points are included in each email.

Introduction

Egypt boasts an ancient legacy, renowned for the pyramids, rich history, and the biblical exodus. Amidst its desert landscapes, the Nile’s fertile banks host sprawling cities. The most populous country in the Arab world, Egypt’s local and global influence is significant.

The Arab Spring triggered political turbulence across the region, and Egypt’s own mass protests led to President Mubarak’s ousting. Subsequent clashes and a polarizing divide persist. An increasingly repressive government and Islamic extremism plague the nation. Economic challenges, corruption, resource strain, and water scarcity afflict Egyptians. The Coptic Church, representing 12% of the population, faces intense persecution. Yet, despite the suffering, Christianity is growing, with Muslims turning to Christ. Egypt’s historic role in Sunni Islam also continues, making it a pivotal nation for both faiths.

Egyptian man with white turban
map of Egypt

Fast Facts

Capital City: Cairo

Population: 112 million (11% unreached)

People Groups: 42

Unreached People Groups: 25

Frontier People Groups: 18

10/40 Window: Yes

map of people groups in Egypt

Major People Groups: 61% Egyptian Arab; 24% Upper Egyptian Arab; 6% Sudanese Arab

Major Religions: Islam 90%

Language: Arabic

GDP Per Capita: $12,000

Literacy Rate: 71%

Did you know? The Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799, played a crucial role in deciphering hieroglyphics. It contains the same text in three scripts: Greek, hieroglyphic, and demotic.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Egypt

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Egypt:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Algerian, Arabic-speaking Islam 2,027,000
2. Arab, Moroccan Islam 1,981,000
3. Arab, Sudanese Islam 1,935,000
4. Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken Islam 1,867,000
5. Bedouin, Eastern Bedawi Islam 1,284,000
6. Romani, Halebi Islam 1,000,000
7. Nubian, Arabized Islam 598,000
8. Nubian, Fedicca-Mohas Islam 495,000
9. Arab, Libyan Islam 474,000
10. Arab, Yemeni Islam 197,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Turkey is ranked #35 on the 2023 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

Egypt is a country where Christians are supposedly allowed freedom of religion, but the authorities fail to protect them from local opposition and even violence.

Christian women report being harassed and beaten for not wearing Islamic dress. In rural areas, whole Christian communities have been driven out. Converts from Islam face enormous pressure from their families to return to Islam, and cannot be legally registered as Christians. Though violence has slightly decreased, at least five Christians were killed for their faith last year.

 

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

Pray for Egypt

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