Here at 1079 Life we work hard to keep a positive atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean when tragedy strikes we will ignore it.
Egyptian authorities have issued a three-month state of emergency following duel bomb blasts in Egypt yesterday (Sunday 9th April). At least 44 people have died and dozens more are injured in an attack that ISIS have now taken the credit for.
It is believed that the attack was carried out by 2 Egyptian nationals with links to the so-called Islamic State. And there are warnings that we can expect more, in some weird attempt to settle a score.
The first attack was carried out just north of Cairo in the Nile Delta town of Tanta at St. George’s Church. In this instance there was an explosive devise hidden under one of the seats that detonated during a session of hymn singing.
As news of the explosion spread St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria was attacked by a suicide bomber, despite police presence at the church.
The scenes are horrific, to the point we have chosen not to publish the pictures.
Open Doors lists Egypt as #21 on their list of 50 most dangerous places to follow Jesus. There are a little over 9.5 million Christians in Egypt, making up about 10% of the population. As a minority they do not have the same rights as many others and violence is now an everyday part of life.
It is easy to feel right now as if there is nothing that we can do. However we are called to pray for our brothers and sisters as they endure this hardship. You can donate to organisations like Open Doors who are working in these areas providing relief and support.
10/04/2017 / Kit Densley