At Least 7 Coptic Christians Killed in Egypt
Last week two buses carrying Coptic Christians were attacked by gunmen who opened fire on the vehicles, killing 7 and critically injuring 19 others. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities have said that this was the most serious assault on Coptic Christians, a religious minority in Egypt, in more than a year. The attack took place near where gunmen killed 28 Christians in a similar assault in May 2017. Egypt has been waging a major security campaign, mainly in Sinai but also along the border with Libya, against groups perpetrating ongoing violence against civilians, most of whom are Christians.
God, for all who are part of the body of Christ in this region of the world — who face threats, violence, grief, and fear — we lift our prayers. We pray that they might be protected from harm. We pray also for those who have perpetrated this violence, that they might find hope and peace without continuing such violent acts. We pray for reconciliation, Lord, in Egypt, in our own communities, and around the world.