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Power of an Opportune Word

On a Sunday night, Bible Society of Egypt director Ramez Atallah heard the tragic news of the beheadings of 21 Coptic Egyptian Christians in Libya. That night he called his publishing manager to say they needed to respond with a Scripture tract as soon as possible.

The editorial staff finished the text on Monday, the tract was designed on Tuesday, and more than a million copies were printed by Thursday. So far, more than 1.6 million copies have been printed, and these are being distributed across the country with significant effect.
You may have already heard this remarkable story. But for those of you who haven’t, I wanted you to see Mr. Atallah's letter describing the story behind the tract and that contains links to both the Arabic- and English-language versions.

The poem and Scriptures poignantly capture the essence of the cost and rewards of a living faith, and Christian love in the face of evil. For global Christian publishing and the work of MAI, it’s a reminder of the power of an opportune word at a time of questioning and crisis.

Praise God for the bold and creative witness of Christian publishers and writers in the world’s hard places.

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