I just want to reassure everyone again that we are fine and do not feel unsafe at this point. I know the news is reporting horrible things, but we feel almost as far away from these events as you do. Maadi remains calm and quiet, actually even more so now than earlier this week. There is a group of about 8 men with sticks who guard our building and the rest of the street throughout the night, every night. Road blocks keep cars from coming in after curfew. During the day we feel safe enough to walk around our neighborhood, go to the school and church, and go grocery shopping. We are not short of food, water, money, or anything else. In fact, we just finished playing a board game (Ticket to Ride - which I won =).
That said, we are still facing a lot of uncertainty as to how this situation will play out in the next few days and weeks. Will it get worse? Will the protesters just fade away? Will the stalemate continue? Now that we have a concrete evacuation option, would it be wise to take it? Would we end up turning around and coming back straight away? Is the situation really bad enough to justify leaving? Should we leave just because so many others are leaving? Should we stay strong with those who are sticking it out because we still feel safe? These are some of the questions we've been asking today, and will continue to ask as we watch how things develop tomorrow.
Again, keep praying for Egypt. God is REALLY the only one who knows the big picture here and knows how this could turn out for the best. Tomorrow is supposed to be another big day, but people are getting tired of all this so we don't know how things will turn out. Also pray for wisdom for us, that we would know if and when it's time to get out.
I was telling a friend this morning, it's really great to know that so many people care about what's going on here. When something is so affecting your whole life, you expect everyone to be aware of that thing. But then you go on facebook and you find that most people are concerned about today's traffic jam, or working late, or going out for a birthday, and may or may not care what's going on in Egypt. So thanks for paying attention and caring about the broken situation here.