LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- Parishioners at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church are praying for the safety of their loved ones in Egypt.

At a special prayer service Tuesday, church-goers prayed for peace in the region after more than a week of political unrest in Cairo.

Protesters there are demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

"They want real democracy, not just pretending," says Shirein Mansour's. Her parents, brother and sister all live in Egypt.

She says she has been in contact with them daily via land line phone.

She tells WINK News the first few days of the uprising were terrifying for her families, but their fears have subsided slightly as most protests have remained peaceful.

Wafiek Guirguis is from Egypt and still has relatives there.

He says he plans to fast for three days to show his support for real democracy in the country.

"We put everything in the hands of the Lord," Guirguis says. "He can take care of the future of this country. "