Her Father Died in Her Arms After Church Attack

Jun 9, 2019

"I put his head on my lap. He gave me the keys and asked me to take care of my younger brother and sister. Then he closed his eyes and smiled peacefully, his face shining. Then he went to heaven."

As we plan to celebrate Father’s Day this month, I want to honor fathers who have lost their lives or their families in horrendous acts of evil persecution for their Christian faith. Our ministry partners in the field shared Marian’s story with us.

She was only fourteen-years old when an Islamic extremist suicide bomber walked into the church her family attended and blew himself up. As the smoke cleared, twenty-five parishioners had been ruthlessly murdered.

Marian’s father, a guard at the church, had asked her to go home after the first service to get him some tea. She heard the explosion just as the water began to boil. When she ran back to the church, her life changed forever.

She found her father’s mangled body several meters from where he usually stood, with the keys to the church clutched in his hand. As she cradled his head in her lap, he gave her the keys and asked her to take care of her siblings.

That was two years ago, and in that time, Marian’s faith and love for God has grown stronger than ever. She had moments of anger and sadness, but they have given way to peace and love. She wants others to know,

"My father was a great man, a loving father. I miss him so much [...] I go to church now each Sunday; my faith has grown. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that God will take care of me."

As the Body of Christ, you and I are called to take care of the widows and orphans, and those who are beaten down. Will you help care for fellow believers who are being targeted for their faith today?

Liberty Relief International is dedicated to ministering to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters suffering persecution in the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia and the world.

With your help, we can provide for immediate humanitarian needs as well as...

  • Emergency food and water, safe houses, trauma counseling, literacy training, job training
  • Restoration assistance to rebuild churches and homes
  • Bibles, Bible study materials, and discipleship training

Your tax-deductible gift of 50, 100, 500 dollars or more today will enable us to send urgently needed aid to our partners in the field who are working with Christians most at risk from violence, torture, false imprisonment, kidnapping, rape, or even death.

Please let me hear from you today. Our prayers and our practical help are a lifeline for our persecuted family facing horrible losses. Thank you in advance for standing with LRI to pray for and care for our hurting family all over the world.

God bless you,

Mat Staver

P.S. You can help LRI minister to the urgent needs of persecuted Christians and others in unbelievably desperate situations with your generous gift today.