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Cairo International Bookfair started today.
January 23, 2013
 
Dear praying friends,

We are busy in final preparations for the largest and oldest book fair in the Arab world, the 44th annual Cairo International Bookfair, to be held from 23 January – 5 February.  We have decided to rent 3 booths this year, in order to better access the expected 2 million visitors, and we are very excited about several new products that will be launched.  
 
After literally years of scholarship, we will be releasing the first book of our Old Testament Study Bible with historical backgrounds.  With extensive notes, creative maps and appendixes, people who have benefitted from the NT Study bible are very eager for this first book of Genesis to finally be made available. Please pray for us, as we expect to complete the whole OT by the end of 2014.  Other new products include several illustrated children’s Bibles, coloring books, and a special discount on our ever-popular large-print Bible and NT.

As usual, a large portion of our customers are people who wait for these Bookfair discounts and new items, which many purchase in bulk for their various ministries. The same offers are good at all of our bookstores throughout the nation.  The other regular customers are the unchurched who always appreciate the opportunity to purchase a New Testament for just 1 Egyptian Pound (15 cents)!  

There is the ongoing need to pray for the security situation.

  • Immediately upon the heels of the Bookfair opening comes Revolution Day, on Friday, January 25.  No one knows what will happen on that day.
  • Furthermore, January 26 is the due date for the anticipated court verdict concerning Egypt's worst-ever football tragedy that left more than 70 fans dead in the chaotic Port Said stadium attack at this time last year. Thousands of hardcore football fans are threatening 'justice or chaos', vowing to take the matter into their own hands if the verdict does not satisfy them.
  • There is now no security on the Bookfair grounds.  In light of the discontent and increasing disrespect for the law, we pray for a safe and positive, open atmosphere. Traditionally a significant role in political life, Bookfair visitors, intellectuals, political figures, and a significant religious presence in many forms are dealing with more uncertainty than ever before.  The theme this year is “Dialogue — Not Clash,” no doubt a conversation that most of our customers are daily involved in.  Abou Islam (who burned the Bible) is planning to come as usual, stirring up trouble by his debates.   We praise God for this occasion to provide the Scriptures to such a diverse audience, knowing that His Word is relevant to each individual and each circumstance.
  • Finally, the most pressing issue at this time for everyone is the economy. The Egyptian pound has already lost 15-20% of its value, and this is a national concern for all, including the Bible Society of Egypt.  A tumultuous 2 years have left people tired, discontent, and in despair.  Please pray that through our presence at the Cairo International Bookfair that many would respond to the words of Jesus, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
With much appreciation for your prayers at this strategic time,

Ramez Atallah
General Director
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