Girls listening at teaching, girls ministry
Christian children in Egypt face many obstacles. At school, especially in villages and rural areas, they can be bullied and ostracised – usually ignored by the teacher and even sent to sit at the back of the class. Through your support, local Open Doors partners provide classes which offer children help in literacy and numeracy, as well as helping them in following the faith.
Muhriya is one of the children in the classes. She says, ‘When I was in the third class I made a lot of mistakes at dictation and I couldn’t read or write properly. But now I can! And I can read English. The teacher really taught me a lot of things.”
PROTECT VULNERABLE GIRLS
Your support makes a difference. In Egypt, where persecution against Christians is increasing, Christian girls are also being targeted by Islamic extremists. They are regularly being groomed and lured into forced marriages by people who they thought were their friends. Many more girls are at risk. (read article: Crisis of Disappearing Christian Women and Girls Escalates in Egypt–As Police Do Little to Help)
Education makes a massive difference not only in increasing their life-choices, but in helping girls to be aware of the dangers surrounding them. Melissa,* a church worker who is supported by an Open Doors partner, has been working with Christian girls for several years now. She says, “We talk about kidnappings openly. We have to. Social awareness about this issue is very important. I teach the girls about boundaries in relationships, especially with Muslim men. And I teach them about their value in Christ and help them to be in relationship with Him. If they have better self-esteem they will be less vulnerable.”
*Name changed for security
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Your gift will enable us to hold trauma counselling workshops for those who have experienced violence, provide a safe and encouraging space for women to share and grow together, provide necessities to widows, as well as train them to minister to other women.GIVE NOW: CHANGE THEIR STORY