Middle East / North Africa

Christians help where it hurts in Iraq

Christians help where it hurts in Iraq

November 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm 0 comments

Focus on the Family Middle East eyes housing, blankets for refugees IRBIL, Iraq — Here in a church courtyard, about 30 refugees gather around Egyptian volunteers who have come to help them find what so many in this region have lost – homes. As Sami Yacoub and his 20-year-old son,Read More

Egyptian Bible Society reopens shop destroyed by mob

Egyptian Bible Society reopens shop destroyed by mob

July 18, 2014 at 11:42 am 0 comments

ASSUIT, Egypt — The Bible Society of Egypt has reopened a Christian bookstore in Upper Egypt that was destroyed last year by Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers. On August 14, vandals — angry about the dispersion of Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — broke down the Bible Society Bookshop’s heavy metalRead More

‘We thought you hated us’

‘We thought you hated us’

June 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm 1 comment

Across Egypt, Christians met violence with mercy Cairo – By September 2013, sympathizers to Mohammed Morsi’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood government had decided if they couldn’t control Egypt, they’d burn it. Churches were high on their list of targets. Kasr el Dobara, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East, hadRead More

Egypt’s Christians unite

Egypt’s Christians unite

June 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm 0 comments

Before, during and after Egypt’s revolution, a movement of prayer and Christian unity is having an unprecedented impact. STORIES NEW – ‘We thought you hated us’: Across Egypt, Christians met violence with mercy Equipping ‘workplace theologians’: Entrepreneur wants everyday Christians to live, share faith 25 languages, millions of people: RightRead More

Planting trees and biblical truth

Planting trees and biblical truth

May 20, 2014 at 11:55 am 0 comments

When other businesspeople were fleeing during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Sami Yacoub did something revolutionary himself. He planted trees. Forty-five of them, to be exact. They’re still standing outside his Allux Printing building in the Nasr City free economic zone in east Cairo – a forest of concrete with scarce greenRead More

Equipping ‘workplace theologians’

Equipping ‘workplace theologians’

May 20, 2014 at 11:16 am 1 comment

Entrepreneur wants everyday Christians to live, share faith The smells and sounds of ink hitting paper permeate Sami Yacoub’s Allux Printing plant in east Cairo. Though he’s a publisher, the 58-year-old entrepreneur and former pastor prefers to think of himself as a baker, offering food to fuel his twin passions:Read More

25 languages, millions of people

25 languages, millions of people

May 20, 2014 at 11:02 am 1 comment

Right Choices Bible project spans globe Sami Yacoub thinks in big numbers – thousands of books, millions of potential readers. Even with that mindset, the 58-year-old printer/publisher just smiles and shakes his head when he thinks about the numbers associated with his latest big project, “The Right Choices Bible” byRead More

Ramez Atallah

Working within a restrictive system

May 14, 2014 at 8:51 am 0 comments

Bible Society meets demands without flouting Egyptian law Cairo — Under Egyptian law, a Christian organization usually can’t give away written or recorded materials because that’s considered proselytizing. So the Bible Society sells Bibles from its bookshops, or at fairs, often for one Egyptian pound – about 14 U.S. cents.Read More

Ramez Atallah

Freedom: A double-edged sword

May 14, 2014 at 8:45 am 0 comments

Bible Society director sees challenges ahead as culture shifts Cairo — Amid post-revolution hope in Egypt comes a concern: that newfound freedoms will exact a spiritual price. If that sounds counterintuitive, meet Ramez Atallah, general director of the Bible Society of Egypt for the past 24 years. Atallah, 68, lived 18Read More

New convert faces old fears

New convert faces old fears

April 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm 0 comments

CAIRO — Isolation. Rejection. Death. For 19-year-old Khadim, a recent convert to Christianity, those fears have become real possibilities. Since his decision to follow Christ late last year, Khadim (not his real name) has had to monitor himself closely, especially around his Sunni Muslim parents. They’ve noticed changes — likeRead More