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Gaza Baptist Church, 'functioning' but 'restricted,' says Brother Andrew
Associated Baptist Press ^ | 20 Dec 2011 | Bob allen

Posted on 12/21/2011 9:20:10 AM PST by Cronos

The last remaining evangelical church in Gaza is functioning but in danger of dying, famed Bible smuggler Brother Andrew said after a recent visit to Gaza Baptist Church.

“Christians in the west are surprised to learn that there is a church [in Gaza], a functioning church, a suffering church, a restricted church, but there is a church in Gaza... and I think its dying," the founder of Open Doors, an organization dedicated to support of Christian minorities who are persecuted because of their faith, said in a video clip.

“Today only one active evangelical church remains, Gaza Baptist Church,” the video says, “a church that has suffered the effects of perpetual war, the murder of a prominent member and a devastating drop in attendance from 100-plus to less than 12.”

An unidentified pastor says Christians number fewer than 2,000 in a tiny strip of land populated by 1.6 million Muslims, and evangelicals are a small minority even among Christians. Oppressed by both Israel’s economic blockade and Islamic militancy, many Christians have opted to leave.

(Excerpt) Read more at abpnews.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian
KEYWORDS: baptist; gaza; israel; palestine
Challenging work.
1 posted on 12/21/2011 9:20:19 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Cronos

Am curious on how the comments will go on this thread.


2 posted on 12/21/2011 1:15:10 PM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: Cronos
Gaza Baptist
Arabs, Baptists and living in the Gaza: sounds like three strikes to me.
If I were one of them I might even move to Utah!
Well, maybe not.
3 posted on 12/21/2011 2:50:33 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cronos.


4 posted on 12/21/2011 3:34:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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