Sunday, 10.30 pm
Finally, after hours of failing attempts, I eventually came through to Samy in Egypt a few minutes ago. He was very relieved in his voice and said: Johan, today is much better.
He is planning to go to the office tomorrow and call all his local YMCAs and try to organise a meeting in two days to get an overview of the situation and then he promised to send me a report. As soon as I get the report, I will share it widely for all of you to read for yourself.
He again underlined how he and his Board Members appreciate all the messages of support, solidarity and prayer, and they felt proud to tell their friends how they are members of a big, world- wide organization.
In this painful situation the web and our social media have functioned to strengthen the feeling of our Egyptian friends of belonging to a bigger network and giving some encouragement and feeling of strength.
Please find at the bottom of this post a message from one of our YMCA Change Agents in Alexandria, Rasha Henry.
Sunday, 8 pm
Samy is fine, Canadian YMCA friends talked with him yesterday. They also had to make numerous attempts before they could come through. I think the lines going in to Egypt must be overloaded by heavy traffic from around the world. I continue to receive automatic messages from the operator telling me things I cannot understand.
But there are no alarming news from the YMCA side of things. No new attacks on buildings and seemingly all YMCA people unharmed, as long as we are informed.
Samy continues to underline the importance of the moral support from YMCA people from all corners of the world. He is not particularly focused on material or financial support, but that we know about them and their situation and that they can feel the friendship from all of us in days of violence and fear and confusion about the future.
I would like to say thank you to all of you who have responded by sending small messages of solidarity and support. It has been read by our Egyptian friends and it is all very much appreciated. Please keep posting your thoughts on our website and social media.
Let us continue to pray for the people of Egypt, and especially for our friends engaged in the Egyptian YMCA, let us pray for a good future for this great country.
FRESH REPORT FROM ALEXANDRIA AUGUST 18:
ONE OF OUR 270 CHANGE AGENTS IS FROM ALEXANDRIA, SHE IS RASHA HENRY, AND SHE WRITES TONIGHT:
“Now its like 70% safe in Egypt and today I am going to my Alexandria YMCA really I missed it and the roads and people feel safe not like before please continue to pray for Egypt I trust in Jesus that he can pass this days on peace thanks again for you prays