Family members and churchgoers react to the bombing attack. (Image: Reuters)
Sunday, 11 December, a suicide bomber wreaked havoc in the chapel attached to Cairo's largest Christian church, St. Mark's Cathedral. Women mostly used the chapel, and the majority of the 25 killed were women. At least 49 others were wounded. The Coptic Christians compose 10 percent of Egypt's population and have increasingly become targets of radical Islamist terrorism. So far, no groups have claimed responsibility, and even the Muslim Brotherhood condemned the attack. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared a three-day period of national mourning.
Speaking at a state funeral for the victims, President Sisi declared, "The attack brought us great pain, but we will never be torn apart," Coptic Pope Tawadros II condemned the attack, adding, "It is not just a disaster for the Church but a disaster for the whole nation." President Sisi announced the arrests of four people and the search for two others continues. The bomber was a man wearing a suicide vest. Egyptian Christians support the government, but many survivors and family members feel that the police failed to protect them. It was in February 2015 when Daesh beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.
The nation of Egypt is number 22 on the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Egypt on Day 12 by following the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.
Please pray for:
Egypt's Coptic Christian Believers to pray for those who persecute them, remembering that God says, "Vengeance is Mine" (The Bible, Romans 12:19).
The survivors and family members of the victims are comforted by God and that they forgive the murderers. Ask God to comfort them and give them His peace that passes their understanding (The Bible, Romans 16:20, Philippians 4:7).
This brutal attack to unite Egyptians in their determination to route out and condemn radical Islamic terrorism (The Bible, Psalm 34:21).
Multitudes of Egyptians to give their lives to the Lord because of these demonic orchestrated and senseless murders (The Bible, Genesis 50:20).
Prayer moves the hand of God. Once there is sustained, strategic, and informed prayer in the 10/40 Window, we will witness massive numbers of unreached people coming to Christ. Pray that it will happen in our generation. - Beverly Pegues