We Are Proud Of Them Says The Brother of Egyptian Martyr

Families of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya have astonished the world with their expressions of forgiveness.

The brother of one of the martyrs said:-

“They were martyred in the name of Jesus Christ. They kept the faith until the last moment. They didn’t deny the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are proud of them.”

A video showing the beheading of the Egyptian Christians was put online by a group linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. They were clearly targeted because of their faith: a caption accompanying the video referred to them as ‘people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian Church.’

Pope Francis said, “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard….it makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood confesses Christ.”

Please join with me today by praying –

* For protection and strength for Christians in Libya, particularly migrant workers

* For the hearts of IS militants to be transformed by the grace of God.

May God add His blessing to all members of the persecuted church

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

ISLAMIC STATE EXECUTE 30 CHRISTIANS

Islamic State has released a video showing the militants executing 30 ‘people of the cross’ in Libya. The video claims that those who were killed were Ethiopian Christians; the Ethiopian government has confirmed that they were Ethiopian migrant workers, but the Jerusalem Post has reported that three of those killed were from Eritrea.

One contact in Libya has asked us: “Please support us in Libya with your prayers. Especially the Arabic-speaking congregations of migrants need prayer; these churches are mainly attended by Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians… Many of them are becoming frightened, weak, discouraged and disappointed. Pray that the Lord might strengthen us in our faith in this time of trial.”

Please Join Me in Praying:

  • For comfort for the families of those who have been killed
  • For strength for the church in Libya, particularly Arabic congregations
  • For an end to violence in Libya
  • For God to change the hearts of members of Islamic State and turn them to Him.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Libya

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death.. but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24: 9 -13

“ISIS helped us strengthen our faith”

The brother of two of the Coptic Christians executed by Islamic State (IS) in Libya has thanked IS for including the declarations of faith made by the men in the video of the killings. The last words of some of the Christians were ‘Lord Jesus Christ’. “ISIS helped us strengthen our faith,” said Beshir Kamel, speaking on Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC.

He finished the broadcast by praying for his brothers’ killers: “Dear God, please open their eyes to be saved.” Please join him in his prayers.

Please Pray:

  • Thank God for the courage of the 21 Egyptians who were faithful to the end
  • For members of IS to encounter Jesus and turn from their life of violence and hatred
  • For protection and wisdom for the Christians who remain in Libya
  • For comfort and strength for the families of the murdered Egyptians.

Martyrs’ mother would welcome IS

Beshir described what his mother said she would do if she saw one of her sons’ killers: “My mother, an uneducated woman in her sixties, said she would ask [him] to enter her house and ask God to open his eyes.”

The brother of another of the martyrs told an Open Doors contact: “They kept the faith until the last moment. They didn’t deny the name of our Lord… We are proud of them.”

“I’m not moving”

Incredibly, some Christians are choosing to stay in Libya, despite threats against their lives. Christian Today reports that Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the Italian Bishop of Tripoli, has said: “I’m not moving from here. And I’m not afraid.”

A pastor in Libya recently asked Open Doors to pray for ‘all those who are Christians in the country, especially the Coptic Christians who have become immediate targets’.

Say ‘Yes’ to your persecuted church family

If you would like to register your commitment to regularly pray, give and speak out for your persecuted church family in places like Libya, take the Step of Yes today.

Source: Open Doors, SAT-7 ARABIC, Christian Today

With many thanks for your prayers,

Open Doors Prayer Team
http://www.opendoorsuk.org

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

Statement on the Murder of the Coptic Christians by IS

I am sure that, like me, you were appalled at the killing of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by IS.

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference,  the Revd Ken Howcroft and Ms Gill Dascombe, have issued this statement in response to the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by Islamic State in Libya:

“We deplore the horrific killing of 21 Coptic Christians who had travelled to Libya for work. These people were taken hostage and killed because of their faith as Islamic State and affiliated groups seek to divide communities through the most corrupt and brutal methods imaginable. The majority of IS victims in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have been Muslim. This demonstrates that we face a battle against a perverted ideology that people of all faiths who value tolerance will want to oppose.

“Our most effective response must be to redouble our efforts to meet with people of all faiths and share with each other those insights that enable us to achieve understanding, overcome difference and celebrate our common values. Today our prayers are for the families and communities affected by this appalling atrocity and for our sisters and brothers in the Coptic Church community who are hurting at this time.”

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Please join with me in praying for the families of the Coptic Christians, killed by IS, as they must be devastated in their collective grief.

God Bless all these grieving families

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey