A riveting video of an interview with a brother of two of the Coptic Christians killed by ISIS last week has surfaced. From the video liner:
The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya, last night used live television to thank their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video of their execution. Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC has become a mouthpiece for the families of the young men over the last six weeks since they were first abducted.
Beshir called into SAT-7's weekly live worship and prayer programme, We Will Sing, on Tuesday night (17 February).
Programme host Maher Fayez was visibly moved as Beshir told viewers he was proud of his brothers, Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23), because they are "a badge of honour to Christianity".
Beshir thanked Islamic State for not editing out the men's declaration of belief in Christ because he said this had strengthened his own faith. He added that the families of the ex-patriate workers are "congratulating one another" and not in despair: "We are proud to have this number of people from our village who have become martyrs," he told the programme.
Dear God, give us all that kind of faith.