In Egypt, the media ignores an Islamic network of human traffickers that targets Christian girls of Coptic background for forced marriages to Muslims.


Though you’re not likely to hear about it through major media outlets, the kidnapping of young Coptic Christian girls is at an all-time high. An Egyptian researcher, who wishes to remain anonymous, finds that in fact these abductions are “something that happens in Egypt almost on a daily basis.”

An Egyptian former Muslim and former human trafficker, “G”, recently spoke with World Watch Monitor, shedding light on the seedy underground operation of Salafi Muslims who exploit young Coptic Christian women today. Elizabeth Kendal of Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin says that while “the crime is shameful, so too is the international silence that shrouds it, coming from the West’s tacit surrender to the Islamic paradigm that criticism of Muslims is not allowed.”

Egyptian Christian girls attending service in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Reuters)

He admits that the Islamic network “gets paid for every Coptic Christian girl they bring in”. “The Salafist group I knew rented apartments in different areas of Egypt to hide kidnapped Coptic girls,” he says. “There, they put them under pressure and threaten them to convert to Islam. And once they reach the legal age, a specially arranged Islamic representative comes in to make the conversion official, issue a certificate and accordingly they change their ID. If all goes to plan, the girls are also forced into marriage with a strict Muslim. Their husbands don’t love them, they just marry her to make her a Muslim. She will be hit and humiliated. And if she tries to escape, or convert back to her original religion, she will be killed”, says “G”.
Smyrna’s ministry partner in Egypt produces video materials about Jesus for broadcast. Please pray that these materials will reach the Salafi Muslims and soften their hearts. Pray the materials will both lead to their repentance and cause them to cease kidnapping young girls.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” — Psalm 56:3

Pray —

Marilyn was safely returned to her family this year (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

12/9 — Praise God that 16-year-old, Marilyn, was released and safely returned to her family after captivity from June to September this year. Pray for the others still held captive.

12/10 — Pray for God’s overcoming strength and love through His Word to fill the hearts and minds of young Coptic girls held against their wills by Islamic networks.

12/11 — Pray for perseverance for the captive Coptic girls to remain steadfast in their faith in Christ in spite of extreme pressure by their Muslim captors to convert to Islam.

12/12 — Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill the inner lives of Christians in Egypt with the fruits of gentleness, peace and joy. Pray for His comfort for the families of kidnapped girls.

12/13 — Pray that God will intervene on behalf of the Coptic Christian girls who are being kidnapped and that His Spirit will convict their attackers and bring them to salvation.

12/14 — Ask God to use the mounting intensity of Islamic aggression against Christians in Egypt to build, strengthen and refine the faith of Coptic Christians through His Word.

12/15 — Pray that Christians in Egypt will hold fast to Psalm 91 and claim His deliverance and protection.

12/16 — Pray that God surrounds captive Coptic girls with the steadfast promise of Christ’s ever-present peace.

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