It’s been one year since the twin Palm Sunday suicide bombings in Egypt. In spite of the attacks, people from all backgrounds are coming to Christ — something mainstream media doesn’t report.
Suicide bombers hit St. George’s Church in Tanta and St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Alexandria on Palm Sunday last year. Tanta, one of Egypt’s largest cities, sits about 60 miles north of Cairo in the Nile delta. The ancient city of Alexandria sits on the Mediterranean. The home church of the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, St. Mark’s is an big target for Islamic terrorists.
The Alexandria attack killed 18, reportedly killing more Muslims than Copts. Of the 18 killed in Alexandria, eight were Coptic and ten Muslim, six passers-by and four policemen. The youngest victim was just 2.
ISIS claimed responsibility. In a statement after the murders, the group declared, “The Crusaders and their apostate followers must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large, and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God is willing.”
‘Every Day We Trust God and We Go’
Forty-five people died and 126 people were injured. The Rev. Dr. Andrea Stephanous is the president of the Protestant Community of Egypt. Stephanous spoke to the evangelistic site Premier about trusting God in the middle of uncertainty. “When security knows I’m going to a certain church there will be double security, but you never know. You can expect at any moment that someone will come with a bomb and create a massacre. So every day we trust God and we go.”
Christians are not afraid. They know that even more people will come to Christ as a result. “The good news is we never fear bombs or death,” said Stephanous. “As long as we’re committed to Jesus, every time they bomb the church we have double the number of people in church.”
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