Canadian Baptist Letter of Condolence to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada

His Grace Bishop Mina
The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada

Your Grace,

On behalf of the 1,000+ Canadian Baptist churches across the country gathered together in four regional Baptist denominations, and their global mission organization, we are writing to express our deepest solidarity and profound sadness in learning of the tragic events which transpired last Sunday in two Coptic Orthodox Churches in Egypt. We pray for the families of all those who perished or have been injured from these atrocities, and denounce the perpetrators.

Your churches have been, for many centuries, a light in the darkness. They are a haven and a guide for God’s holy children in Egypt and around the world. Attacks against your churches are attacks against all the Christian virtues we hold dear: love, peace, faith, divine protection and mercy. Your people have borne a heavy toll as the Church of the Martyrs. As Baptists, we recognize your long­standing faith and resilience, the deep traditions you embrace and the hope that guides you.

The terrorist attacks on Palm Sunday and during Holy Week are an affront to all the people of God. We renounce evil in whatever form it cloaks itself and assure you and your communities of our prayers for protection and mercy. As Baptists, we stand with you in the call for religious freedom and we pray for God’s divining protection on your places of worship during this Holy Week, which is shared amongst both the Eastern and Western churches this year.

May the God of mercies bring forth justice and peace, and may you and your followers be peacemakers in a dark and broken world.

Your brothers in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Peter Reid, Executive Minister: Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada
Rev. David Rowley, Secretaire General: Union d’Eglises Baptistes Francophone au Canada
Rev. Tim McCoy, Executive Minister: Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
Rev. Jeremy Bell, Executive Minister: Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Rev. Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director: Canadian Baptist Ministries 

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About Terry Smith

After 20 years on the field with CBM in France, Terry joined the leadership team of the organization in 2003. In 2015, he became CBM's Executive Director. After working for six years in Quebec, Terry and his wife, Heather, moved to France in 1984. Terry was involved in ministries ranging from inner-city youth work, church planting, outreach programs for Muslims in the francophone world, theological education and leadership development. Prior to returning to Canada, he was the Principal of the European Bible Institute in Lamorlaye, France, an interdenominational Centre for the study of Theology, Mission and the Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.Soc.Sc. in Sociology) the Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée (Aix en Provence, France) and the Faculté de Théologie Evangelique (Vaux sur Seine, France) where he completed his DEA. He obtained his Doctorate (DMin) in Missiology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2010. His thesis is on the transformational nature of partnerships. He is co-author of Going Global (Chalice Press, 2011) and Wordeed, An Integral Mission Primer (2012). He has also written many articles on evangelism, gospel and culture, urban mission and missiology. In addition to his work at CBM, Terry teaches at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Acadia Divinity College and Carey Theological College.