Bishoy Kamel, 21, was seemingly brutally murdered in an altercation with a fellow soldier while serving a mandatory 25-month service with Egypt’s security forces. The official report records the death as “suicide by hanging.” But due to the multiple wounds on his body, Bishoy’s family rejects this statement.
“His body bore signs of torture and extensive violence,” Bishoy’s father recalls. “His forehead was protruding from swelling. He had an injury to his nose; clear bruises under his arm, his right ear and his right cheek; and other bruises to his back and abdomen. If someone would hang themselves, would they also injure their underarms? Would they beat their own back and stomach?”
Bishoy’s death is one of five similar cases, stretching back almost a decade. Interestingly, each of these deaths, predominantly attributed to suicide, had involved a Christian. Much to the families’ anguish, claims of religious bullying were never properly investigated by the authorities. Bishoy’s suspicious death was the third case involving a Christian in army or police service during the year 2015.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Please pray for Bishoy’s family as they mourn their loss; may they rest in the comfort that Bishoy is now safe in the arms of Jesus.
- Pray the death of Bishoy will not be in vain but rather may somehow be used by the Lord for the spiritual good of many throughout Egypt.
- Pray the country’s military leaders will ensure proper investigations take place in cases of violence among their ranks.
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Prayer: it’s the joyous privilege and urgent task of every Christian.
The Scriptures have much to say about prayer. Romans 12:12 encourages us to continue steadfastly in prayer and Ephesians 6:18 urges us to pray always. And James 5:16 adds that the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. In fact, prayer is so important that Romans 8:26 explains that when we don’t even know how to pray, the Holy Spirit Himself intercedes for us.
If, as believers, prayer is such an important part of our walk with God, how much more should we join with other believers to lift our voices and prayers together before His throne of grace?
And as part of the body of Christ, surely we must pray fervently for the enormous needs of our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world.
That’s exactly what the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is all about.
On Sunday 8 November, Christians all over the world will be praying earnestly for the persecuted church. Please ask your church to get involved with IDOP and add your prayers to thousands of others as we lift the persecuted church up to the Lord.
Through prayer you not only support the persecuted church, but become partners with them in the cause of God’s kingdom, striving together with them as you pray.
Not sure what to pray? Why not start with these suggestions from the Bible:
For faithfulness in the face of great temptation to give in under persecution – Matthew 26:41
For strong, unwavering faith in Christ – Luke 22:32
That despite great persecution, Christians will have abounding love for their persecutors – Philippians 1:9-11
For wisdom and understanding for Christians facing legal restrictions – Colossians 1:9
That God will strengthen persecuted Christians with patience – Colossians 1:11
That opposition will actually result in more opportunities to spread the Gospel – Colossians 4:3
For believers in hostile nations to stand firm in the will of God – Colossians 4:12
That God be glorified through them and they would be sustained by His grace – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
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