Sunday, February 13, 2011

Egypt - #2640 - Amid Chaos, Egypt Family Structures are Shaking and In Flux - Baptist Press

The long-running social and political upheaval in Egypt, which toppled the presidency of Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, also has shaken family structures, one Christian worker says, noting that the resulting uncertainty presents a "key" evangelism opportunity for the global Christian community. "I think we are going to see more people becoming more open [to exploring ideas] and a lot of people who are going to be seeking spiritual answers," said Brad Carmichael*, a Christian worker who has spent time in Egypt. "I also believe there are going to be a lot of people who will become a lot more dedicated [in their religion], including Islam." Carmichael said that the socioeconomic structure in Egypt -- and primarily in the capital city of Cairo -- has dramatically shifted Egypt in recent years from being family-centric, often with extended families occupying multiple floors of the same high-rise apartment, to separation and isolation from family members. The result is an uncertainty about how to exist in a shifting culture. It raises a lot of questions in their minds, Carmichael said. Read more.......

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