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Pray: Egyptian Convert Who Sued His Government for Right to Be Identified as Christian Is Now in Hiding-An Egyptian convert to Christianity who filed suit for his conversion to be officially recognized is in hiding after his attorney announced Aug. 7 that he would withdraw from the case. Though the lawyer had received death threats from Egypt's security police, he said he had made his decision in the interest of "national unity." Mamdouh Nakhla, director of the Al Kalema Center for Human Rights, said that he would no longer represent convert Mohammed Ahmed Hegazy because he did not want to offend Muslims or "provoke public opinion." At a press conference at his downtown office, Nakhla said some of the responsibility for his decision lies with his client. He said that Hegazy had failed to provide important documents showing that authorities had refused to issue him an identification card. As the lawyer was giving his statement, however, a member of Nakhla's organization shouted, "He is being threatened, he is doing this under pressure."

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Praise: "God I repentEnd Abortion and Bring Revival to America. It's Time," Says Former Abortionist-During the massive prayer rally of 07.07.07 that drew an estimated 100,000 primarily young people to Nashville, a former abortionist begged God for mercy and joined crowds in praying for a definitive end to the national crime of abortion. During the rally, former Planned Parenthood abortionist Dr. Patti Gibbink stood up and testified, confessing her sins and begging God to end abortion. She told the crowds, "Ten years ago, I did abortions for Planned Parenthood." Here she paused, overwhelmed with tears. "Oh Lord, oh God, God most holy and just," she continued, quoting Psalm 51, "You hate hands that have shed innocent blood. God, I acknowledge my transgression. My sin is always before me. Against you, you only have I sinned and done this evil in your sight." "God, I repent. I repent for myself and all abortionists all over. We have sacrificed innocent lives to the altars of Baal and Moloch.... God, hear our cry. Be merciful to us. Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of this nation." She then cried out amidst thousands of cheers, "God end abortion and bring revival.

Praise: Survivor of Bridge Collapse Finds Jesus' Peace Amid the Turmoil-Louise Welman, a Minnesota resident, was a commuter driving across the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, when it collapsed without warning, tossing cars into the Mississippi River, crushing and pinning others. Welman not only survived the ordeal of falling more than 60 feet in her car, but when she called on Jesus she experienced peace in the midst of the turmoil. "It was rather scary, I felt like we had an earthquake," she recalled. "I looked in my mirror and saw [the pavement] split-the road went straight up in the air about 30 feet. A person in a car at the top started to fall backwards, and then my car began going down. I said, Wow, there's a big hole here and I don't know where I'm going to go.' Then I yelled, Jesus!' The next thing I knew, there was a big loud thump and my airbag hit me in the face. I looked around and I was at the bottom, 60 feet lower. I was wondering what happened, and realized that I was still alive. All I can say is praise God' because He spared me-to walk away from that. I can't even believe it happened, but I actually walked away!"

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Pray: Egyptian Police Release Christian Woman to Violent Muslim Family-Police in Alexandria, Egypt, have returned a woman who left Islam and embraced Christianity to her fanatical Islamist family, despite threats from her relatives to kill her. On July 23 eyewitnesses said the family of Shaymaa (Eman) Muhammad Al-Sayed, 26, dragged her from the Bab-Sharky police station where she had been held for a week. Family members severely beat her in the nearby Shatby Cemetery before forcing her into their microbus and driving her away. Authorities took Al-Sayed into "protective custody" on Monday, July 16, after a relative spotted her in a market. But instead of protection, local police and State Security Investigation officials subjected her to days of severe physical and emotional torture. Her maltreatment included electrical shocks, beatings, and being photographed naked. Al-Sayed's repeated requests to press charges against her family for attempting to kidnap and kill her were ignored. After becoming a Christian in January, 2003, she obtained Christian identity papers under the name of Maryan Eleya Saleeb and married a Christian man. However, Egyptian law does not permit anyone born a Muslim to change his or her religion or to marry a Christian.

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