Egypt's Christians Hopeful Despite Uncertain Future

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CAIRO, Egypt -- As Muslims begin the month of Ramadan, Egypt also starts on a new political course into an uncertain and potentially troubled future.

Egypt's interim government announced a roadmap for new elections and selected Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister. Though the new premier immediately asked the Muslim Brotherhood to be part of his new cabinet, the group rejected his offer.

In one part of Cairo, supporters of the Brotherhood vowed they will stay until Mohammed Morsi is reinstated as president. For many other Egyptians, the feeling is that a new dawn has broken in Egypt.

Tahrir Square is the epicenter where huge demonstrations have taken place over the past few weeks. Here, Egyptians have gathered by the millions and changed the course of Egypt's history.

Pastor Sameh Tawfik, with the El-Dobara Evangelical Church just outside Tahrir Square, described the events of the past few weeks as nothing short of miraculous.

"Change the atmosphere as if you are breathing a new air, fresh air. Freedom!" Pastor Sameh told CBN News.

"For me it's a miracle. It's God's hands. Nobody can do that," he continued. "We could see God's hand in the first revolution in January 25, but this time we see it more clearly." 

In another part of Cairo, Father Antonine Greiche, spokesman for Egypt's Catholic Church, also said he sees the hand of God in the turn of events.

"We consider the dismissal of Morsi and his party is really a miracle," Father Greiche told CBN News. "It was the hand of God because one day before his dismissal we could never before think or dream that he would leave. It is the hand of God. We see it clearly."

Father Greiche said the Muslim Brotherhood tried to establish an Islamic caliphate and change Egypt.

"The Muslim Brotherhood, who were trying to steal Egypt, [but] now all the Christians and Egyptians will tell you now we regained Egypt as we know it," he said. "Now everybody is free." 

Yet that freedom's future is uncertain. Whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood will continue to reject the new government or even begin a new violent intifada remains to be seen.

That's why Christians throughout Egypt are asking for prayer for their country's future.

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