Egypt’s El Sisi Builds Middle East’s Largest Church, A ‘Game Changer’ in the Region by Chris Mitchell for CBN News
GNN Note – While we see the body of Christ struggling to grow in the U.S. and all across the so-called Western “developed” world, we see Christianity spreading like Breath of God in just about all regions of the world, especially in Russia and nations that are associated with Russia. According to Dan Harder, Director of Israel Ministries, Africa is actually experiencing the largest growth of Christianity in the world. Africa is also the place of the greatest oppression of the Christian faith. It is very encouraging to see this Orthodox Christian church coming to fruition in this region.
CAIRO –Christians in Egypt are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas 2019 is particularly special because it will be remembered for the dedication of the Middle East’s largest church for Coptic Christians. (Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.)
Egypt’s Coptic pope inaugurated the Nativity of the Christ Cathedral during Christmas Mass. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi joined the celebration.
The building is a gift to the Church from President el-Sisi. He commissioned the cathedral in 2017 as part of a new capital being built outside of Cairo. He said the new church should be considered “a message of peace and love to the world.”
Joel Rosenberg led a delegation of evangelicals here for the dedication.
“I think what we have seen here is historic. I really think it’s a game changer that a Sunni Arab Muslim President of the world’s largest Arab country has built a church, the largest in the Middle East and given it as a gift to the Christians of Egypt. We’ve never seen anything like it in history. And I think President Sisi is sending a message not just to his own people but to all Muslims that Muslims and Christians can live together in coexistence. That’s an extraordinary development,” said Rosenberg.