Church Bombings Brought Multitudes To Christ In Egypt

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Relatives mourn victims of the Palm Sunday bombings during a funeral at the Monastery of Saint Mina in Alexandria, Egypt, April 10, 2017.
Relatives mourn victims of the Palm Sunday bombings during a funeral at the Monastery of Saint Mina in Alexandria, Egypt, April 10, 2017.

We see the multitude coming to the knowledge of Christ from every background, so this brings joy to us

Christian leaders in Egypt have said that multitudes are coming to Christ despite the church bombings and persecution believers suffer.

An associate pastor at the Evangelical Church in Cairo, Rev. Sameh Hanna, was among a number of believers to speak with Premier on Monday, marking the first year since the Palm Sunday twin bombings in the country that left 45 people dead and 126 injured.

“The mood is very, very good amongst Christians who are living in Egypt. Not because the situation is good or bad — that is not the reason. We have two kinds of news — earthly news, which is very ugly, very discouraging and I think in the West, you get only the earthly news — a bombing here or there,” Hanna said.

“But there is heavenly news. We know what is going on spiritually. We see things that not everybody is seeing. We see things you are not hearing. We see the multitude coming to the knowledge of Christ from every background, so this brings joy to us.”

Fr. Kyrillos Fathy was at St. Mark’s Coptic Church, one of the houses of worship that was bombed last year, and said that he narrowly escaped crossing paths with the suicide bomber during the attack.

“Even though the incident was very terrible and it left us emotionally vulnerable, we believe in the Bible and in the verse in the Bible that says everything works out for the good,” Fathy shared.

He explained that the church was full for service after the attack on Palm Sunday despite the horror the people had suffered through.

“Despite the pain and shock, Christian believers are holding tight to their faith,” David Curry, President of Open Door USA, which advocates for the persecuted Church around the world, told The Christian Post at the time.

Egypt ranks 17 in Open Doors 2018 list of 50 countries where it is most dangerous for Christians to live in.

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