May 29, 2017
Seventh-day Adventists in Egypt and across the Middle East and North Africa grieve for the innocent victims of the atrocious and cowardly terrorist attack that took place on May 26, 2017, on a bus traveling to a monastery in Minya. At least 29 were killed and more than 25 were wounded, including children, in the attack.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Egypt expressed its deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the Coptic Christian victims and its sincere prayers for the church.
“The Adventist Church strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Egypt and violence in all its forms,” said Kleyton Feitosa, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Egypt and Sudan, “The Adventist Church extends its fervent prayers and spiritual support. May our God of peace and mercy grant us protection and love for one another.”
This is the third major attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians in less than two months. Terrorists killed 46 Copts in two bombing attacks at church services in the northern cities of Alexandria and Tanta on April 9.
“The attacks such as these won’t destroy Egypt and create divisions among the main religious groups in Egypt,” Feitosa said.
Adventist leaders in the Middle East and North Africa territory appeal to church members to pray for the families of those who lost their lives and for a full recovery of those who were injured.
Rick McEdward, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church headquarters in the Middle East and North Africa, also expressed condolences to the families and people of Egypt.
“It is times like these that we can uphold each other in prayer and mutual service. This world is terribly broken and we seek the touch of Jesus for the families who have been affected by this tragic act of violence,” said McEdward. “The attack is another reminder of our great hope in Christ’s soon return to take His children to their eternal home, where peace abides forever.”