To eat or to continue embracing Christianity? — That is the question facing Martha Samuel, formerly known as Zainab Said, who converted from Islam to Christianity five years ago. Egyptian authorities are starving Martha’s two children, Kirillos age 4 and Emmanuel age 2 to compel her to release Christianity and return to Islam, according to reports from several ministry organizations.
Martha with her two children and husband, Fadl Thabet, were trying to exit Egypt and enter Russia on December 13, 2008, to flee religious persecution caused by her conversion when authorities arrested them at Cairo airport, according to The Assyrian International News Agency. Martha is charged with forging her passport to flee Egypt.
In addition to the starvation of her children, Egyptian police officers are trying to compel Martha to return to Isalm by beating, sexually assaulting and torturing her, ministries report.
Pray for Martha, Kirillos, Emmanuel, and Fadl that they will be strengthened by Jesus Christ and by His Words such as Romans 8:38 (Amplified Bible) which says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”