The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for a brutal attack on Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday in Egypt, and the death toll has reached 44 with more than 120 wounded. The government in Egypt has now issued a State of Emergency. It is a tragic and sobering reminder that for many believers, celebrating Holy Week can mean risking one’s life.
“I arrived back home from Egypt last week after joining an international prayer conference there to worship and pray for Egypt and the Arab world alongside people from all over the world including thousands of Egyptian Christians,” says a Samaritan’s Purse Canada staff member. “The week in Egypt was so encouraging as I was able to witness Christians from many different nations coming together united in prayer.”
She says although she knows the Church in Egypt is hurting, she also knows that their hope is in Jesus Christ and she is confident “they will be joyously praising God on Easter Sunday.”
As Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday draw near, please join us in praying for believers around the world and for God to be glorified through the worship of His people. Samaritan’s Purse is passionate about serving local churches around the world, in particular those that are persecuted for their faith.
Jesus said; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5.43-45