Published: Feb 12, 2011 4:55 AM EST
Updated: Feb 12, 2011 12:52 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Egyptian-Americans in Southwest Florida are celebrating President Mubarak's resignation.

Some of the congregation at St. Marks Coptic Orthodox Church actually fasted for three days during the height of the turmoil in Egypt.

But on Friday, they said their prayers were finally answered.

A group of about 30 joined for bible study at the church, with a sense of celebration following the news of President Mubarak stepping down after three decades of reign over Egypt. With the excitement, local Egyptians say they're also feeling a sense of unrest over who will eventually step into power. Father Joachim Boutros of St. Marks says the stability of the region is in great danger right now without a leader. He and his congregation are now praying for a peaceful transition in power for Egypt.

"It is a chance. It is an opportunity. If it is taken in the right and proper way, it will definitely be in the benefit of the Egyptians, all of them. But if it is taken in the wrong way, it can be really hurtful," Boutros said Friday night.

The congregation plans to join together Sunday morning for a prayer session focusing on peace in Egypt, similar to gatherings they had for days on end during the height of the civil demonstrations in Cairo.