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Violence in Egypt keeping Triangle missionaries in the US

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The death toll in Egypt has now topped 600 people and missionaries say now more than ever innocent civilians need help.

But even help right here in North Carolina is being put on hold by the violence.

"It's heart breaking. The majority of people right now are just living in fear," said Randy Dye. He is a medical missionary from Pittsboro, who was ready for his third medical mission trip to Egypt.

"We were going to teach them basic diagnostic tools of basic diseases that are common in the region," said Dye. "We will treat anyone that comes in whether they're Muslim or Christian."

But growing violence shut those plans down.

Dye said because many extremist see Christians as a threat, their trip would not only put their own lives in danger, it would put the innocent civilians they're trying to help in danger too.  

"It's not that we're worried about our safety, we trust in our Lord. We'd actually be putting Muslims and Christians in danger by our presence being there at this point," explained Dye.

He said extremist even burned down his pastor's church

"His church was set on fire his family was inside the church, upstairs where they live, and thank God they were able to go through a back window and got away without injury. But they are all in hiding," he said.

Missionaries across Egypt are being forced to evacuate. They're helping hands who just can't get to the people who need them.

"My prayer is that it would get better, my gut feeling is says it's going to get worse before it gets better," Dye said.

 

Jonathan Rodriguez

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