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Confusion Led To Erroneous Report Of Damage to Bible Society Building In Gaza
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (ANS) — Christians in the Palestinian controlled areas of Israel are asking believers around the world to continue praying for them, despite confusion in the media surrounding the bombing of a Bible bookstore.
Mission Network News (MNN) says that, because of a language barrier and miscommunications with people on the ground in the area, E3 Partners erroneously reported that the Palestine Bible Society building in Gaza was blown up.
Recent reports from the area say the property in Gaza is under threat. However, it was another literature building that was damaged.
E3 Partners Tom Doyle told MNN: “What happened was it was another Bible Society. It was not the one in Gaza . It was another one in the West Bank called the Living Stones, in a place called Beir Zeit and that one was fire bombed. The one in Gaza was threatened to be bombed on the February 28 or afterwards and that threat is very much still alive.”
According to Doyle, this violence will only escalate as radical Islamic groups move in to the region. “With the cartoons, and some of the things that are coming out of Iran, with some of the threats, it just seems to be a real difficult point right now in the Middle East and so believers are just asking that we would pray for them.”
Despite the increase threat and hostilities, Doyle says: “Instead of going and hiding they are serving Christ with a passion and reaching out to people. They are certainly brothers and sisters that we can be very proud of in their courageous stand for Christ.”