IS murder Ethiopian ChristiansIslamic State have release a video showing masked men muder Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The footage bears similarities to an earlier one showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. This new video shows two separate mass killings, one the beheading of around 15 men and the other a similar number of men were shot in the head.

The video describes the captives as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

More threats were made by a masked IS member directed at Christians if they do not convert to Islam.

The group's attacks have raised fears for Christians across the Middle East and been condemned by religious leaders. However, many continue to show strength and refuse to convert. 

The head of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, was in Egypt on Sunday to offer his condolences over the beheadings of the Copts in Libya. He was to meet president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar, the highest Sunni Muslim authority, and Coptic Pope Tawadros II.

Almost two-thirds of Ethiopians are Christians, the majority of those Orthodox Copts - who say they have been in the Horn of Africa nation since the first century AD - as well as large numbers of protestants. Many Ethiopians leave their country - Africa's second largest in terms of population with more than 90 million people - seeking work elsewhere. Many travel to Libya and other north African nations for jobs, as well as to use it as a stepping stone before risking the dangerous sea crossing to Europe.

Our prayers go out to all those in persecution because of their faith. Your strength, courage and faith in the Lord is an example to Christians and non-christians all over the world. 

 


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