For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.
- Stats for Egypt
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 84.7 M (15th); Total Gospel Visits- 7.1 M (11th); Total Gospel Decisions- 822,000 (10th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Egyptian Arab (84.3%), Sudanese Arab (5.4%); Berber (2%); Dom Gypsy (1.4%); Bedouin Arab (1.2%); Nubians (1.1%); Refugees (2.4%, includes Ethiopians, Palestinians, Eritreans, Somalis, black Sudanese, and others may number 2 million).
Revenue is from agriculture, natural gas, some oil, textiles, tourism, and Suez canal fees. Some privatizing of business has improved economy, but many still live in poverty. Poverty increased during the last few years of political turmoil. Many migrate to Cairo for jobs, but they often end up in slums. Drug abuse is a common problem.
History / Politics
This is the largest Arab country; It is a republic, but had some repression under Mubarak. Massive protests ended Mubarak’s rule in 2011; People are hopeful for a better economy. Mohamed Morsi of the Islamic brotherhood was elected with help of liberals and Christians. Then Morsi tried to impose Islamic law on all, people protested, and the army removed Morsi. Millions of civil war refugees, some Christian, have come to Egypt.
The Coptic Christians are the largest group of Christians in the Middle East. Many of these believers do not really practice their faith. Persecution has increased in the last 25 years, especially from Islamist extremists. Evangelicals have grown recently and are often helping the poor with services. Muslims are converting, which is legal, but they often face persecution.
Pray for revival within the Coptic church, and that they will share the Gospel with Muslims. Pray for greater training for church leaders and that they will seek the Lord for strength. Pray that evangelicals will continue to grow and minister to the poor.