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Dear friends,

Thank you so much for the very many notes of encouragement and comfort you sent.  I cannot answer each of you personally, but wanted to let you know how much your love and concern meant to me and my colleagues.

On Sunday night, when I heard the terrible news of the martyrdom of the 21 Egyptian young men in Libya, I telephoned the Bible Society publishing manager and told him “We must have a scripture tract ready to distribute to the nation as soon as possible!”

When I arrived to the office on Monday morning the publishing staff was already hard at work thinking what Bible texts and titles would provide the best comfort for the grieving.

By Tuesday noon the tract was ready to send to the printer who worked all night so that 24 hours later we began receiving copies for distribution.  

By the end of today (Thursday) we should have received more than a million copies!

We just finished translating the tract to English so that you can understand it and share it with those who do not read Arabic.  But I am also attaching an Arabic copy to share with your Arabic-speaking friends. Links to both the Arabic and English editions are below.

Here is an English adaptation of the poignant poem which is on the back cover of the tract:

Two rows of men walked the shore of the sea,
On a day when the world’s tears would run free,
One a row of assassins, who thought they did right,
The other of innocents, true sons of the light,
One holding knives in hands held high,
The other with hands empty, defenseless and tied,
One row of slits to conceal glaring-dead eyes,
The other with living eyes raised to the skies,
One row stood steady, pall-bearers of death,
The other knelt ready, welcoming heaven’s breath,
One row spewed wretched, contemptible threats,
The other spread God-given peace and rest.

A Question...
Who fears the other?

The row in orange, watching paradise open?
Or the row in black, with minds evil and broken?


Please pray that during this period of sadness and unprecedented openness God will use this tract to comfort and challenge hundreds of thousands of people.

With thanks for your partnership,

Ramez Atallah
General Director
The Bible Society of Egypt

Download the Arabic edition by clicking here.

Download the English edition by clicking here.

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