• EGYPT \ Jan 19, 2002
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    Egyptian Bible Society Faces Roadblock
Egyptian Bible Society Faces Roadblock Crosswalk.com News Channel - The Bible Society of Egypt was all set to offer copies of a specially produced Bible video series at the Cairo International Book Fair that began Jan. 17. But Christian Aid has learned that permission to make the videos available to the public was suddenly revoked just days before the event.

"This is a real blow and we solicit your prayers that either the decision will be reversed or that we will find other ways to distribute 'Abraham' and our other exciting audiovisual products," said Ramez Atallah, the Bible society's general director. "The Book Fair provides an opportunity to spread God 's Word widely to people who would not otherwise have access to it. It is precisely the people at the Book Fair who should be buying audio and videocassettes."

The Egyptian Bible Society has wide acceptance among churches of all traditions in Egypt. Atallah said he spoke Friday morning in the largest Coptic Orthodox Church in Heliopolis, preached on Sunday morning at the largest Presbyterian Church in Cairo, and that evening spoke in the largest Roman Catholic Church in Heliopolis, in both their Arabic and French services.

"The Bible is the only cause that truly unites Christians in Egypt," Atallah said. "The unique welcome we have as Bible Society representatives is a remarkable privilege we do not take lightly."