When Egypt's government abruptly stepped down Feb. 24, the action made only small ripples in a nation now accustomed to major political upheaval.
Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now expected to run for president in the coming election, quietly resigned from power, and new prime minister Ibrahim Mehlib stepped in, reinstating Sisi as defense minister.
The quiet change mirrored Christians' cautious hope for the future -- that they might trade the revolutionary change promised by the Arab Spring for the peaceful lives they lived before, said Courtney Dobson,* a Baptist worker who serves in the area."As the Arab Spring revolution started in 2011, Christians were hopeful that a new day of freedom was dawning," Dobson said.
At that time, Egyptians spilled out of mosques and churches alike to rally around issues transcending religious barriers -- jobs and food. Christians were "guardedly optimistic" that the change would ...