2014- Egypt

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Theme: Streams in the Desert

Background

Egypt, commonly called “the Motherland of the World”, and the “Enchanting Cradle-land of Civilizations,” is one of the oldest and most alluring lands in world history. According to Genesis 10 and 11, Egypt was populated soon after the Flood by Mizraim, son of Ham. From Mizraim came the word Misr, the Arabic name for Egypt. It was in Egypt that Moses received the Ten Commandments and it was here that the Holy Family sought refuge when they feared persecution by King Herod.

The Sinai Peninsula forms a land bridge between Africa and Asia, the Nile links the interior to the Mediterranean and ten countries share a border with Egypt. For centuries, colonizers have influenced Egypt and been influenced its rich cultural treasures and traditions. Egyptians retain a proud sense of their identity.

Egyptian Culture

Over 84.5 million people live in Egypt, according to United Nations statistics from 2010. Arabic is the official language but English and French are widely understood. Muslims (mostly Sunni) are about eighty-eight percent of the population and over twelve percent are Christian (mostly Coptic Orthodox). A few thousand are Jews. Islam has been the official state religion since 1980.

Egyptian Food

A street vendor in CairoNothing is more inviting or more important to a culture than food! Please be sure to try our WDP 2014 recipes.

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World Day of Prayer 2014 Resources
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Pray for Egypt

The motto of the World Day of Prayer is “Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action”. One way to keep the people of Egypt in your prayers as you prepare for the upcoming World Day of Prayer on March 7 is to use the Google Alerts system. Visit Google Alerts and fill in the simple search terms.

Water, as with many places in the world is a central theme of the future for Egypt. For World Day of Prayer 2014, a committee of Egyptian laywomen prayerfully chose the theme, “Streams in the Desert”.

Egyptians are looking forward to a better constitution and a strong democratic government sincerely interested in protecting minorities, promoting social and economic justice, and developing international relations, while continuing to reclaim desert lands. The Egyptian Church is deeply involved in initiating and carrying out fruitful projects to help achieve these objectives, and strongly backs all efforts at reform. As Christians, let us continue to pray to the Almighty that Egypt will find peace, stability and justice.

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
John 4:10

About the 2014 WDP artwork

A true "Renaissance man," Farid Fadel was born in 1958 in the city of Assuit in the  WDP 2014 Artwork by Farid Fadelsouth of Egypt, into a family noted for its musicians and its medical doctors. He excelled in medicine, art, and music, taking all three gifts very seriously. Among his many accomplishments, he received the Pope's Medal and Vatican Award, had one of his paintings selected for the brochure of 1988 Nobel Prize Winner, Naguib Mahfouz, and illustrated a Children's Bible.
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