Not long ago, I met with an impressive young Egyptian apologist, Youssef Yacoub, in a restaurant in Cairo.
Youssef is active in the leadership of an association of apologists in Egypt who are boldly creating public videos and speaking at events throughout the region in spite of the risk to them.
These extraordinary, fresh defenders of the faith are answering many of the questions raised by younger generations following the Arab Spring.
Youssef shared that his generation is being challenged with “questions about God, the gospel and the meaning of life.”
Following the Arab Spring, life in Egypt has been difficult for Christians. Youssef argues that there is a distinct need for “people who have thought their faith through and they have good reasons for believing what they believe.”
When I asked him how we should pray, he responded with two prayer requests:
First, he asks for wisdom. He said that young Egyptians “need wisdom to understand the real struggles of this generation.”
Secondly, Youssef requests prayer for Egyptian leaders in the Church. He says, “In this time, the Church is suffering from a lack of solid answers and good vision for what is coming next.”
He continues, “This era has caught us by surprise, and I would want to pray for the Church for good leadership, wisdom, strength, but also vision.”
VOM is actively supporting young believers in Egypt as they boldly proclaim their faith. Will you pray with us for wisdom and strong leadership in this strategic country?
Dr. Jason Peters serves as Associate Vice President of Connection for The Voice of the Martyrs and travels frequently to meet with our persecuted sisters and brothers. He has ministered in 40 countries, as diverse as Cuba, India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Burma, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and Nigeria. Jason ministered as a military chaplain for more than 18 years, with assignments at the Pentagon, the US Air Force Academy and as a faculty member of the Air Force Chaplain Corps College, where he directed Crisis and Trauma training. Jason and his wife Kimberly lived overseas for several years, where two of their five children were born.