Help for Egyptian Victims of ISIS

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Help for Egyptian Victims of ISIS

After the beheadings and terrorist attacks, after the world turns to the next breaking news, what happens to the families of Christians killed by ISIS?

Many times, they are forgotten.

The problem is not that people don’t care. There are just too many tragedies to keep up.

In Egypt, one man remembers. One early morning in September, he left his house to travel to Minya province. He purchased 7 big packages of food for 7 families of the Christians who were killed in the bus attack last May.

Remember that horrific attack? It shocked the world. Dozens of Coptic Christians, including women and children, were traveling by bus and truck to the monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor. They were stopped on the desert road by masked gunmen who fired automatic weapons at the small convoy.

The terrorists pulled their victims out of the vehicles, and demanded the Christians recite the Islamic creed or be shot.

“They refused to give up on their faith, and died Christians,” said a family member.

Now their families live on as Christians.

After buying the food, this man – Christian Freedom International’s (CFI) co-worker — headed to the village of the martyrs’ families. Along with physical food, he gave spiritual comfort, encouraging and praying with them.

“They thank us for standing with them and providing food packages,” said CFI’s co-worker, “and ask us to keep praying for them and their children.”

Pictured is a garment worn by one of the Christian travelers, covered in the blood from the martyrs.

Who are they thanking? Those who remembered them.

As you can guess, CFI’s co-worker must remain anonymous. It’s too dangerous for him to be identified.

In October, Wendy Wright traveled to Egypt, and with our co-worker, returned to the small village. The pain was still present, but greater than the pain was their faith; faith in their Savior, faith in the Lord’s plan, faith in God’s promise to His children.

Despite other needs, they ask for our prayers – for their children, for their future, for strength, and for solace.

This man mourns the loss of his son, who was martyred in the bus attack this past May for refusing to give up his faith in Jesus.

Talking with the families and walking around the village, Wendy and our co-worker in Egypt saw another way to help.

Several families (some with small children) are desperately poor. The husbands, the fathers, were day-laborers with no steady job. They sacrificially went to the monastery to serve God that day. Now their families have lost their loved one, and their only income.

“Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

You may not be able to travel to Egypt and visit the families of the martyrs. But you can partner in ministry through CFI’s co-worker. He has developed a solution to restore an income to the families that is realistic and affordable.

These families live in a farming village. Goats are an economical, practical, and sustainable source of income.

One goat costs about $100. A small herd will help a family with milk and breeding.

CFI’s co-worker is committed to helping these families for the long-haul – including guiding them on caring for the goats.

Thank you for praying and helping persecuted Christians – so they know that they are remembered.