But there is still time to help Persecuted Christians before the Year Comes to an End
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
EGYPT (ANS – December 29, 2017) – At least nine people have been killed today (December 29, 2017) in two attacks on Coptic Christians in Helwan district, south of Cairo, Egypt’s interior ministry has said. Six civilians and a policeman died when a gunman tried to storm a church, but was intercepted and arrested, it said.
According to the BBC, the interior ministry said that the man had previously attacked a Coptic-owned shop in the same area, killing two brothers.
The so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has claimed its “soldiers” carried out the church attack. The interior ministry’s account differs from an earlier version of events given by Egypt’s health ministry.
The initial report said 12 were dead, and suggested there were two attackers. It said one had been killed, and the other fled, but was later captured.
More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt in the past year, with most attacks claimed by the local branch of ISIS militants.
As you know, we at ANS, are constantly providing you with stories like this one, that features persecuted Christians, which include the Coptic believers of Egypt, as well as Christians in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and North Korea, the world’s worst persecutor of believers, where thousands are incarcerated in cruel labor camps.
Thanks to your generosity in 2017, our dedicated team of writers, have been able to file literally hundreds of stories, often at great danger to themselves, so you can learn about, pray for, and get behind these courageous believers in every way possible.
Every day, your support makes possible stories like this latest one from Egypt that has just come in.
Now, today, even as the clock clicks down, I am launching our 2017 Year-End Campaign. Our goal is bring you even more stories, but we need your help to do so. Our goal for this campaign is to raise $5,000 by December 31st. If we raise that amount, we’ll be able to provide all the necessary resources to help bring to your attention more stories for yet another month. But we need your help to make it happen. (Of course, we need more than this, but this is our goal for the End-of-the-Year, and the clock is ticking and it is almost upon us!)
Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $50, $100, $500, or whatever you can afford, to help us meet our goal?
In Galatians 6:10, we read: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (New International Version (NIV). In view of this, I am asking you to “do good” to our Christians brothers and sisters who live in countries where their faith costs them the most.
We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of those brothers and sisters who are still in great need of our attention.
All you need to do is go to www.assistnews.net and then scroll down to where it says DONATE TO ASSIST NEWS and put in there the amount that you feel that the Lord has laid upon yur heart to give towards our cause. If you prefer a check, just make it out to ASSIST and then mail it to PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA. (All envelopes dated December 31, 2017, or before, will mean we can give you, in the United States, a 2017 tax receipt.)
So, on behalf of these “Heroes of the Faith,” that we serve, I thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Photo captions: 1) Anguished Coptic women after another attack on a church in Egypt. 2) Secret believers praying together in North Korea. 3) Norma, Dan and their younger son, Peter Wooding, during a visit he made to see his parents in Southern California.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 77, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is the author of numerous books. He also has two TV shows and a radio show, all based in Southern California. He has reported for ANS from all over the world, and his most recent trip was to Northern Iraq.
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