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anonymous  October 17, 2007 11:44 AM

THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN PLACE POST OF CHRISTIANS WHO ARE PERSECUTED IN THE GAZA STRIP!
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anonymous  October 17, 2007 11:44 AM

GAZA STRIP Gaza Bible Society Worker Murdered – Christian Broadcasting Network
On October 7, 26-year-old Rami Ayyad's body was recovered near the Teachers' Bookshop in the Palestinian territory of Gaza where he worked. His body had stab wounds and bullet holes. According to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Ayyad was kidnapped the day before by an unidentified group. CBN quoted the spokesperson for the Palestinian Bible Society, Simon Azazian, who said, "We do not know the exact identity of the group, but we know he was martyred for his faith in Christ." The report added, "Ayyad told co-workers he'd noticed a car with no license plates following him. At 6 p.m. (on Saturday), his wife received a phone call from him saying he'd been taken captive by a group of people and would be home late. A second phone call relayed the same message." Rami is survived by his pregnant wife and two young children. Pray the Holy Spirit comforts his family during this difficult time. Pray Rami's testimony will bring non-believers, especially his killers, into the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Ask God to protect believers in Gaza. Psalm 23, Psalm 91
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anonymous  November 22, 2007 6:05 PM

Christian Village attacked -
500 Muslim men or more attacked a Christian Village of 1,500, called Taiba, poured kerosene on house and buildings and set them on fire.
Houses were also broke into, ransacked and stole everything from furniture to jewelry.
Sixteen house were torched altogether, and gutted cars littered the streets.
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anonymous  November 22, 2007 6:13 PM

The above article was found in International Christian Concern and happened in September of 2005!













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Gaza Strip November 23, 2007 5:14 AM

May G-d bless these innocents.  I pray for peace in the middle east.  May our Lord protect them and watch over them.

Regards Adele (South Africa) 

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 December 09, 2007 7:02 AM

We pray for peace, but their will no peace come. Maybe for a little season when our Lord and Savior comes then and only then Peace will come. The coming of the Lord is soon, please be ready our Saviors return is soon.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  December 12, 2007 3:35 AM

Christians living in the Gaza Strip told the Post that
they were very worried about the increased attacks on members of their
community and religious institutions. "The latest incident is aimed at
sending a message to all the Christians here that we must leave," said
a Christian leader. "Radical Islamic groups are waging a campaign to
get rid of us and no one seems to care."
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anonymous  December 12, 2007 3:43 AM

Four masked gunmen tried to kidnap Nabil Fuad Ayad,  a guard at a local church. Nabil's cousin, Rami, was kidnapped and murdered two months ago by the same group, the sources said.

The sources identified the gunmen as members of the radical Islamic Salafi movement.

"They were dressed in the traditional Salafi clothes," said an eyewitness. "They were also carrying guns."

The gunmen tried to force Ayad into their car
in the street, but he managed to escape; as they fled the scene, they fired several shots into the air.

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 December 13, 2007 7:36 PM

Hamas complicit in persecution of Gaza Christians

Hamas has issued verbal condemnations of Muslim persecution of Christians in the Gaza Strip for mainstream media consumption, but Christians living in fear in the blood-soaked coastal territory say their Islamic rulers have failed to arrest any of their tormentors.

"We believe there are elements who want to drive Christians out of the Gaza Strip," a Gaza Christian who withheld his name for fear of reprisals told World Tribune. "We have gone to the government and there has not been a response."

Last week masked Islamic militants attempted to abduct Nabil Fuad Ayyad as he left work at a local Baptist church. Ayyad managed to escape with the help of nearby shopkeepers. Ayyad's cousin, Rami Ayyad, was not so fortunate when two months earlier similarly masked gunman publicly executed the Bible Society clerk reportedly for witnessing to local Muslims.

It was later learned that the ringleader in Ayyad's murder was a senior Hamas security official.

Hamas has tried to present as moderate a face as possible for the international community, but elements in the Gaza Strip allied with the ruling terror group openly admit that they intend to either force non-Muslims to submit to Islamic law or convert.

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 December 13, 2007 7:38 PM

Presicuted In the Gaze Strip Tuesday, 9:32 AM

Muslim gunmen in the Gaza Strip tried to kill another Palestinian Christian over the weekend, sources in Gaza City told The Jerusalem Post.











A
man walks in the premises of the Rosary Sisters School and nearby
convent, belonging to the Gaza Strip's tiny Roman Catholic community,
in Gaza City. [archive]
Photo: AP [file] , AP






They
said four masked gunmen tried to kidnap Nabil Fuad Ayad, who works as a
guard at a local church. Nabil's cousin, Rami, was kidnapped and
murdered two months ago by the same group, the sources said.

The sources identified the gunmen as members of the radical Islamic Salafi movement.

"They were dressed in the traditional Salafi clothes," said an eyewitness. "They were also carrying guns."

The gunmen tried to force Ayad into their car as he was walking
in the street, but he managed to escape to a nearby shop. Shopkeepers
who began shouting drove the gunmen away.

As they fled the scene, the assailants fired several shots into the air.





Salafism
represents a Sunni Islamic school of thought whose followers argue that
Islam was perfect and complete during the days of Prophet Muhammad, but
that undesirable innovations have been added due to materialist and
cultural influences.

The Salafis, who have become very active in the Gaza Strip in
recent months, are totally opposed to common Western concepts like
economics, constitutions and political parties. They refer to the 2,500
Christians in the Gaza Strip as Crusaders and have vowed to drive them
out of the area.

Hamas denied any involvement in the attack, saying its security
forces had launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from
the victim.

Christians living in the Gaza Strip told the Post that
they were very worried about the increased attacks on members of their
community and religious institutions. "The latest incident is aimed at
sending a message to all the Christians here that we must leave," said
a Christian leader. "Radical Islamic groups are waging a campaign to
get rid of us and no one seems to care."

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anonymous  May 21, 2008 10:04 AM

Pastor's Son Recovering after Bomb Attack - VOM Sources

Praise God! Amiel Ortiz, the teenage son of Messianic Pastor David Ortiz, is recovering after he was seriously injured when a bomb delivered to the family's home in the Jewish settlement went off in his hands. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, Amiel's father reports, "We checked out of the Schneider Children's Hospital last week after a six-week stay, eight days in the ICU and the rest on the children's floor. Ami received excellent care from the doctors and nurses in that hospital, but in response to prayer from the four corners of the earth, Ami has been healing at a rate that is extraordinary The plastic surgeon that worked on Ami said that in his 15 years of experience, he had never seen such extensive wounds. He said he has at least 100 pieces of shrapnel in his body from his head to his feet, which his body is slowly bringing up under the surface of the skin, which will come out by themselves." Pray for Amiel's continued recovery as he has transitioned into a rehabilitation center. Pray specifically for both eardrums to be restored, for him to regain use of his hands and arms, and healing for the burns and scars on his body. Also for the emotional healing for Amiel and his family, and for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice. Ask God to give this family strength to forgive their attackers. 1 Corinthians 1: 3-5
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anonymous  October 15, 2008 8:57 PM

October 7 marked the first anniversary of the murder of Rami Ayyad

Your prayers and notes of encouragement to Pauline Ayyad, wife of Rami, the manager of the Bible Society Bookshop in Gaza, and their children, Georg, Sam, and 8-month baby girl Wisam, have meant so much to the family.  Continue to encourage this young family by sending them a card or letter, please refer to the Letter Writing  guidelines.       

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team   

*News Source: Compass Direct News

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anonymous  January 03, 2009 7:23 PM

Dear Donna

As an estimated 10,000 Israeli ground troops invaded Gaza today, the small community of Christians are drawing strength from their faith in God. Last week’s attacks left over 400 dead and 2,000 injured and the numbers are expected to dramatically increase.

According to reliable reports, the Gaza Baptist Church building was still standing this morning but has had some of its windows shattered by the bombings. Some Christian families left Gaza for Bethlehem over the holidays and are now separated from their loved ones with the border sealed. Many of the hospitals, already lacking basic medicines and medical equipment, are overwhelmed with the casualties and often are without power.

This is serious trouble for Christians in Gaza. Even before the recent end to the ceasefire (December 19) and the bombings, the estimated 3,000 Christians in Gaza have been living in fear from threats from Islamic militants.

Please join me in prayer for these brave Christians in Gaza in the wake of this new outbreak of violence. 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 from the bombs.

Earlier this year one believer in Gaza stated: “Seventy percent of the Christians want to leave Gaza because they are very afraid. But we love Gaza. It’s our country, we have roots here, our homes are here. We will not know anyone if we go somewhere else.”

Pray that the seeds Brother Andrew sowed with Hamas and other prominent militant groups and the Gazan Christians sowed throughout the years when the Palestinian Bible Society actively shared God’s love with Muslim friends and neighbors will bear fruit. May their offerings of Christ’s love result in peace and God’s glory.  Please check our website at http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ for updates.

In Christ our hope,
Carl Moeller

Dr. Carl A. Moeller
Open Doors USA President/CEO 

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anonymous  January 03, 2009 8:00 PM

Dear Donna

Pray for Gaza

Many of you may have read the recent headlines regarding the attacks in Gaza between Israeli troops and Hamas, an Islamic Resistance Movement.  With a death toll that has surpassed 300 people, and an estimated 1400 wounded, hospitals have been pressed in trying to treat the injured, according to several news sources. For more information on how to pray for those in Gaza , please read our latest press release.

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anonymous  January 07, 2009 1:32 PM

Dear Donna

Update on Gaza

An estimated 10,000 Israeli ground troops invaded Gaza on Saturday, and last week’s attacks left over 400 dead and 2,000 injured and the numbers are expected to dramatically increase.  Pray for all the victims of violence in Gaza and Israel.

Gaza Baptist Church Damaged

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.”

Update on Pauline Ayyad 

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.”

Many Families Separated

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."

For more information on how to pray for Gaza please read our latest press release.

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