Twenty-one Christians, who had been kidnapped in Libya, were beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants, the whole process shown in a video released by IS on 15 February. Twenty were Egyptian while one was an African, also working in Libya. His nominal Christian faith had been re-kindled by the Egyptians, so that when IS came looking for Christians he refused to save his life by embracing Islam, but instead embraced martyrdom. Thirteen of the Egyptian men came from the same village, Pray for the grieving families that they may find comfort in knowing that their loved ones were martyred because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Martyrdom is considered by the Egyptian Church to be one of the highest gifts that God can bestow on His faithful followers.