A Helping Hand for Persecuted Christians
Dear Friend of The Fellowship,
The Coptic Christian pilgrims were on their way to a monastery near Minya, Egypt, in the desert south of Cairo. They did not know what evil awaited them as they drove along the dusty road.
At some point in their journey, a group of armed men stopped their vehicles and ordered passengers out. The gunmen told them they must denounce their faith. The Christians refused, and the shooting started. When it was over, at least 28 Christians lay dead, murdered in cold blood.
One of the bus drivers, who was injured but survived by pretending to be dead, recalled the horror: “In a second, they got inside and shot at every living and moving object they could see...Even the little children were targets to them.”
This massacre, which occurred in May, was one of the worst in a series of atrocities committed against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, members of a denomination that has existed for nearly 2,000 years. In fact, the situation in Egypt has become so dire that church leaders have told Coptics to cancel all public events and gatherings. The danger is simply too great.
The war on Egypt’s Coptic Christians is part of a larger war on Christians that extremists are waging across the Middle East. Churches have been bombed, Christians slaughtered, and entire villages abandoned. This radical hatred has created a staggering humanitarian crisis.
The Fellowship and our partners will not stand idly by. We are working to meet the basic needs of Christians by providing food, blankets, medical care, and more. To protect innocent lives, I cannot divulge more details. But rest assured that we have heard the cries of Christians who are fearful for their lives – and we are responding.
Please join us in this effort. Just as we continue to fight anti-Semitism and assist those who are suffering, so we now must fight this rising Christian persecution, and extend a loving, helping hand to those who are its victims. And we must continue to implore God for His precious gift of shalom, peace, for all those affected by these atrocities.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
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