|PRAYER REQUEST: Bible Society bookshop manager killed in Gaza|
We regret to report that the manager of the Bible Society Bookshop in Gaza, Rami Ayyad, was killed over the weekend. His funeral was held yesterday, i.e. Sunday 7th.
Rami was 30 years old. He leaves a wife, Paulina, who is five months pregnant and two young sons, George (2) and Sam (9 months). Paulina fell unconscious during the funeral and is suffering greatly.
Local media is reporting that the murder occurred during a robbery. This is not true. Palestinian Christians are convinced the real motive was religious and see alternative suggestions as an attempt to divert attention from the real motives and issues. The Christian community in Gaza is very fearful at present.
It is not known who the murderers were or which armed group they are members of. Hamas has denied involvement in previous attacks on and threats against the Bible Society and promised to provide what protection it could.
Rami had worked for the Bible Society since 2005. The bookshop will remain closed for the next few days at least. The management is considering what to do. Their highest priority is the safety and well-being, both physical and emotional, of their staff.
Christians in Gaza request our prayers that:
* Paulina will know the comfort, strength and peace of Jesus each day
* Likewise for George and Sam
* The Christian community in Gaza will be empowered by the Spirit to support this grieving family and to remain as God’s salt and light
* Bible Society management will be clearly led by God concerning the ministry
* The perpetrators will be convicted by the Spirit and drawn to seek the Father’s forgiveness made available to all through the death of the Son
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