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Homes for Families of the 21 Egyptian Martyrs

Focus on the Family’s Middle East outreach is building houses for the families of the 21 Egyptian martyrs. They are simple, but safe houses and the families are so grateful they get to call them home.

Focus shares, “They spoke of a desire to share their faith with the ISIS extremists who committed the atrocious acts. They rejoiced that the martyrs were now home with Jesus Christ. Their only prayer request? ‘Please pray our faith remains strong.'”

The Focus team based in Egypt has reached out by spending time with them, working on the houses together and feeding the families.

This is where we see beauty rise from ashes. In the midst of incredible grief, these families have found hope in this unexpected gift of a home.

Learn more and consider supporting these families here.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3

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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at churchleaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.