Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Voice of the Martyrs

Leroy's Aunt Dieny writes a bulletin report each week for the Voice of the Martyrs. This ministry accordingly to their site is:

  • Running to help those who suffer for their faith.
  • Remembering the families of today's Christian martyrs.
  • Rebuilding the Church's witness after persecution ends.
  • Reaching out in love to the persecutors.
  • Raising a voice for those who cannot speak.

Dieny gives up time each week to send out e-mail announcements on current concerns and prayer requests. She also goes out and speaks on behalf of this ministry. She is an amazing women of God and a person I truly look up to. In honour of her and her tireless efforts, as well as the importance of honouring those who are persecuted for that which we take for granted, I am going to post her announcements each Wednesday. Please remember these children of the Father each week in your prayers.


Egypt

Two Egyptian Christians arrested following church attack

Police have arrested a Coptic Christian man and woman for allegedly burning down their own house church in the village of Ezbet Basillious, Egypt on July 11, according to a July 17 report from Compass Direct. Christians in the village believe that the arson attack and subsequent arrests of the believers indicate local police corruption and collusion.

When the Church of St. Abaskharion Kellini was set ablaze, the guards stationed at the church had left their posts. The perpetrators reportedly entered the church building through a connecting door from the adjoining residence -- the home of Fulla Assad (30). It took approximately two hours for police to arrive at the church. Assad, her mother-in-law and Reda Gamal (35) were later taken to the police station for questioning. Assad and Gamal have since been arrested and remained in custody at last report. The Egyptian State Security Investigations officers have since followed up on eyewitness testimonies ignored by local police and have arrested three Muslim suspects who were seen entering the church with cans of kerosene and leaving shortly afterwards shouting "Allahu Akbar [God is great]."

Pray that those who are truly guilty will be brought to justice.

Pray that Gamal and Assad will be bold witnesses for Christ while in detention.

Ask God to encourage and strengthen the Christians in Ezbet Basillious.


1 comments:

3 Blessings said...

What a sweet and beautiful thing to do. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Amy

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