Friday, June 5, 2015

Pray for Persecuted Church: Gaza and the West Bank

[The Voice of the Martyrs prayer calendar] Gaza and the West Bank have been a point of contention between Israel and the Arab world since Israel’s founding as a state in 1948. Currently, the radical terrorist group Hamas rules the Gaza Strip while the democratically elected Fatah governs the West Bank. Israel maintains control over all access to the two territories. 8 of the 20 people groups in Gaza and the West Bank are unreached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hostile Nation
Muslim 87.7%, Jewish 8.5%, Christian 1.6%
Head of State
President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Mahmoud Abbas

More than 4,000 Arab evangelical Christians worship in Gaza and the West Bank, with about 400 to 500 believers in Gaza. Political turmoil in the Palestinian territories has created an environment that enables militant Islamic groups to persecute Christians. In 2011, local authorities in the West Bank threatened a Christian group involved in outreach activities in a Bethlehem suburb, and the team’s building and vehicles were vandalized.

Pray for faithful Arab Christians in Gaza and West Bank

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