Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Remembering the 21 Egyptian Christian Martyrs

In separate attacks during December 2014, and in January 2015 ISIS terrorists captured 21 migrant Egyptian workers from the Libyan town of Sirte. ISIS claimed they were being held to "avenge the [nonexistant] kidnapping of Muslim women by the Egyptian Coptic Church"

These men were Christians all, despite the protestations of some Christian bloggers who should know better and one sitting president who doesn't appear to know much. Twenty men were raised to love and follow Jesus, and one received a baptism of sea water and blood and came to know God is a very personal way.

These men were not street thugs or felons so the Obama administration felt no compunction to send a representative to their memorial service, they were just hard working men trying to provide for their families who were slaughtered at the embarrassment of Islam and to the glory of their lord Christ Jesus. Before their names are lost in the sands of time let us remember them one last time:

Hani Abdel Messihah, 32, Hani loved his four children - three girls and a boy, the youngest - more than anything in the world

Yousef Shoukry, 24, Yousef was a quiet young man with the heart of a child. All he wanted to do was find a job and start a family.

Towadros Yousef, 42, Far from the comfort and safety of home, the 42-year-old father of three - two boys and a girl - labored away to provide for his family.

Maged Suleiman Shahata, 40, Maged was born into poverty and so were his children. But the father of three was determined to change their futures.

The rest we just know by name except one:

5. Milad Makeen Zaky
6. Abanub Ayad Atiya
7. Kirollos Shokry Fawzy (Kirollos Bashree Fawzy)
8. Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
9. Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
10. Girgis Milad Sinweet
11. Mina Fayez Aziz
12. Samuel Alham Wilson
13. Samuel Astafanus Kamel
14. Ezat Bishri Naseef
15. Loqa Nagaty Anees
16. Munir Gaber Adly
17. Esam Badir Samir
18. Malak Farag Abram
19. Sameh Salah (Sameh Salah Farug)
20. Girgis Sameer Maglee

The 21st martyr was not a Coptic Christian, he was originally a non-Christian from Chad. He saw the immense faith of his friends. When the terrorists asked him if he rejected Jesus, he reportedly said "Their God is my God", knowing that he would be killed.

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