Michael Ragheb was a deacon in Saint George Church in Tanta, Egypt. Shortly before his daughter’s third birthday, Michael told his wife, Sara, he felt he would soon be a martyr in heaven. Michael just sensed it as if the Holy Spirit had whispered it into his heart to prepare him - and his family.

On Palm Sunday, April 9 of this year, Michael felt a premonition so strong, he made his wife and daughter sit in the back of the church on the last row.

Michael, as a deacon, sat in his location at the front of the church. Sara found this strange but did as she was asked. The Palm Sunday service began with the excitement of God’s people gathering to worship their creator.

At 10 minutes past nine, a huge ISIS planted bomb exploded in the church. Instantly the church filled with smoke and grew dark inside. Sara remembers people screaming and crying out for help.

Sara heard herself screaming and began to make her way to the front of the church to find Michael. She found bodies and growing pools of blood everywhere. Finally, she found Michael’s lifeless body on the floor. She stood over Michael in shock; her body numb, her legs weak.

Sara and her daughter, Priscilla, now continue on without Michael, and life is a challenge. Sara and Michael had been married four short years. However, Sara does not feel completely alone. She senses Jesus’ nearness, and fellow believers reach out to one another. She is experiencing a great peace that can only come from God.

Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt, and pray the Egyptian authorities can prevent future terrorist attacks on believers.

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.