|Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passes away as a cloud and the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
– Job 30:15–16 Dear Christian FriendsWe’ve just received an urgent, heart-rending plea for prayer from Christians in Gaza. The situation is deteriorating rapidly for the believers there.The activity of militant Islamic groups coupled with factional fighting between rival political parties is creating anarchy, and the social and economic infrastructures have broken down.
Every Christian organisation is a potential target for the “Sword of Islam” group which bombed the Bible Society’s shop and is actively searching for churches and believers in Gaza and harassing them.
The “Sword of Islam” has also sent letters threatening to kill female broadcasters on Palestine television:
“We will cut throats, from vein to vein if needed, to protect the spirit and morals of this nation,” the group said in a statement emailed to news agencies last Friday.
Islamic supremacist groups are active in the West Bank also.
Several sources report a firm grip of fear being created by Muslim extremists in the Palestinian areas.
Believers from a Muslim background especially are afraid of being discovered and killed. Few have the courage to contact other Christians, and fear is spreading as pressure comes from all directions.
Additionally, the Israeli army is shelling areas they believe are involved in terrorist activities.
With all this violent activity going on, anybody who is in the wrong place at the wrong time could easily be killed.
Please pray with us for the suffering Christians in Gaza and the West Bank, that:
• The Lord will protect Palestinian believers, especially the children and converts from Islam, and give them wisdom and encouragement
• Christians will not be controlled by fear, but by the love of God
• Political tensions will cease and Gaza and the West Bank will get a government that enables the Gospel to prosper.
Thank you for praying with us.