Magid with his children Yousef and Maryam
“Even if a terrorist targets the church again, it would be an honour to die for Jesus.”
A SUNDAY OF GRIEF
In 2017, Magid was selling palm branches with his family, just outside his church in Alexandria, when an Islamic extremist detonated a bomb near the church gate. Magid and his children survived the blast, but his wife, Hannan, lost her life.
For Magid, it has been a slow process of healing. At first, he found it impossible to move past the trauma of what he had seen.
“It has been a nightmare from the start, and I just don’t wake up from it. After the blast there was smoke and when the smoke faded, I saw my dear wife in a pool of blood.”
Even in his trauma, Magid was focused on Christ.
Magid has quit his previous job and purchased a shop close to home, allowing him to spend more time with his children.
“It helps to visit the monastery where she is buried. We go there twice a month. Being there helps us to feel peaceful; close to God.”
Magid’s daughter, Maryam, is only 8 years old, but she knows the goodness of God.
“I miss my mother a lot, but I know she is with Jesus. My love for God is so big, bigger than the whole world.”
It is clear that the family still mourns the loss of their mother and wife. But this is a family confident in Christ.
“Even if a terrorist targets the church again, it would be an honour to die for Jesus,” Magid declares.
This Palm Sunday, please pray for the persecuted church as persecution against Christians increases in both its probability and severity at Easter. Let’s pray with Psalms 17:6-9:
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.