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Palestinian Christians Afraid to Leave Homes in Gaza

ICC Note

“Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians in Gaza in the wake of the bombings and ground surge. Pray that the war between Israel and Palestine is shorter and less devastating than what military and political speculators around the world are predicting. Pray that Christian families will be reunited. Pray that the Gaza Baptist Church building will be spared more damage from the assault. Pray for all the victims of the violence in Gaza and Israel .”

01/06/2009 Palestine (Christian Newswire)-“Everybody suffers, but I feel especially bad for the children who are going through a very tough time,” is what one Christian church leader shares with Open Doors about the chaotic situation in Gaza .

In an Email Suhad Massad, wife of pastor Hanna Massad and leader of the Palestinian Bible Society’s ministry in Gaza, wrote: “The church building (Gaza Baptist) was damaged when the police station opposite of the church was bombed. In the attack 40 people were killed instantly, but to the church only damage was done. The windows of the library fell down, but no members of the church were hurt.”

An estimated 2,500 Christians remain in Gaza . Last month many families tried to leave Gaza to visit family or friends in the West Bank to celebrate Christmas and find a safe place, but according to Suhad Massad: “Only permits were given to the elderly. Many people ages 18 to 35 were not allowed to leave Gaza . So several families are separated now, which is very difficult for them. Pauline Ayyad (widow of Rami Ayyad, manager of the Bible store in Gaza who was killed October 7, 2007) and her children were able to leave Gaza December 27, and are in the West Bank at the moment.”

Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller says: “Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians in Gaza in the wake of the bombings and ground surge. Pray that the war between Israel and Palestine is shorter and less devastating than what military and political speculators around the world are predicting. Pray that Christian families will be reunited. Pray that the Gaza Baptist Church building will be spared more damage from the assault. Pray for all the victims of the violence in Gaza and Israel .”

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