“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.
- 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
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Source: Open Doors, SAT-7 ARABIC, Christian Today
With many thanks for your prayers,
Open Doors Prayer Team
With many peaceful blessings