November 27, 2017

Church Leaders in the Middle East Respond to Egypt Mosque Attack

ChanMin Chung, Middle East and North Africa Union

Rick McEdward, president of the Middle East and North Africa Union of the Seventh-day Adventists, strongly condemned the atrocious terrorist attack that took place on Nov. 24, 2017, on the Al-Rawdah mosque during Friday prayers in the town of Bir al-Abed, in Sinai, Egypt.

“We strongly condemn the criminal act, which was committed within a sacred place of worship and prayer,” said McEdward.

“Our Adventist Church family wishes to convey our sorrow to the families that have lost loved ones in this sad event,” he added. “Our prayers are with the families and with all Egyptians during a difficult time. May God be with you all.”

Seventh-day Adventists in Egypt and across the Middle East and North Africa mourn for the innocent victims of the heinous bomb and gun attack on a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai. Over 300 were murdered and more than 120 were wounded, including children, in the attack by the militants, according to Egypt’s prosecutor.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Egypt also extends its deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and its sincere prayers for them.

“The Adventist Church in Egypt stands beside the victims, the families and people of Egypt in prayers,” said Johnny Nasralla, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Egypt and Sudan.

It is the fourth major terror attack on innocent Egyptian people this year. Terrorists killed 29 Copts on May 26 and 46 Copts in two bombing attacks at church services in the northern cities of Alexandria and Tanta on April 9.

Adventist leaders in the Middle East and North Africa territory plead with church members to pray for the families of those who lost their lives and for a full recovery of those who were injured.

“The only solution during times like these is to pray fervently for the peace and comfort that God can give us,” said McEdward.