In 2013 a story in the news confirmed that four Christians and one Muslim were killed when violence broke out in the small town of El Khusus, outside of Cairo, Egypt. A group of Christian boys, drawing on the wall outside a Muslim church, drew the attention of a man who began beating the children for their actions. Soon violence erupted when people from both sides of the community joined in. Before it was over 5 people lay dead. This was not an uncommon story, as Muslims and Christians in that area rarely live in communion with each other. I thought at the time we would never see change in that region, but about a year or so later we had the chance to meet with missionary friends just returning from Egypt. They told us with excitement of what God was doing there. They spoke of Christians and Muslims living peacefully, and how the Christian community was embracing the Muslims, teaching them about our God, a God of love and goodness, forgiveness and peace; a God of grace. Muslims were converting to Christianity at a rapid rate. Today the face of El Khusus is completely different. We were beyond excited for the chance to take on this project. El Khusus is located in Al Qaylyubiyah with an area population of 2,000. While the people of this community now live in relative peace, socioeconomic issues still plague this city. Our Church/Orphanage/Hope Center there was completed in 2018 and supports 60 children. Please pray for Pastor Sameh Helmy Agayby and his congregation that care for the children of El Khusus.
Port Elizabeth is situated in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. While known for its beautiful beaches and big game animals, it is also an area of great need. With an unemployment rate of almost 35% and an HIV prevalence rate of more than 26%,