Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I ask for your prayers for my friends, a Coptic family in my town who have suffered a terrible tragedy.
Christina and Waleed are devout Coptic Christians and they have lost two children in a fire at their apartment.
The children who died are Matthew and Elizabeth.
Christina herself suffered burns over 60 percent of her body, from trying to save her children from the devastating fire. She is still undergoing treatment for her injuries. But nothing, except time and prayers to our Lord, can heal the wounds of her heart, from losing her two children.
The main news articles about this tragedy are found in our local newspaper, the Reno Gazette Journal:http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012120305014http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012303060061
A memorial service will be held tomorrow at a local school (it's large and there is no Coptic church here).
The Serbian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox churches are doing all they can to help the family.
Your prayers are urgently needed and gratefully received.
Your sister in Christ,