By Amy Penn
8/17/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday morning, men knelt on one side of St. Peter’s Church and women worshipped on the other. Suddenly, an explosion rang throughout the church from the women’s side. Debris, smoke, and flames filled the church, as men rushed to the other side, looking for their wives, mothers, and sisters.
One cathedral worker, Attiya Mahrous, who helped the women, recounted the tragic scene to International Christian Concern (ICC), “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene.” The carnage was the result of approximately 26 pounds of TNT placed in the pews.
Church member Mena Adel said that “the church bombing was planned and carried out meticulously.” The perpetrator used the crowds to sneak in and sneak out, but one person saw him leave. Nabil Habib, a church guard, saw the man leaving the church and tried to approach him, but the bomb detonated before Nabil reached him. Nabil was killed in the attack.
Nabil’s wife, Nadia, remembers her husband as a man who devoted his life to the church, “He died defending the church…and everyone loved him.” With Nabil’s death, Nadia is left to grieve and try to provide for her family.
Nadia has three children who need her support, Marian, Justina, and Fady, ranging from ages two to 15-years-old. Two-year-old Fady still waits for his father by the door, crying until Nadia brings a photo of Nabil for him to hold.
ICC sent a representative to determine how to best help Nadia earn a sustainable income despite having lost her husband. Nadia told ICC that a bedding and bath shop would be both manageable and financially lucrative.
Thanks to your support, ICC’s representative was able to purchase an initial inventory for Nadia, including bed sheets, quilts, bedspreads, duvet covers, blankets, towels, bath robes, shower curtains, and bed sheets for kids. Nadia can now sell these goods to customers to both provide for her family and increase her inventory.
After receiving the goods, Nadia said, “I thank you, ICC, so much for everything, for standing with my children and me after the martyring of my husband and making this great project for us. This project will help me to earn sustainable income for my children. May God richly bless you.”
Pray for Nadia and her family as they grieve Nabil’s death. Also, pray for God’s provision in the family’s new small business, that it will be successful and stable.