Christian News from Gaza

Gaza Baptist Church

June 7, 2010

I have never been in prison but I live in one when I am in Gaza.

“Hopelessness and desperation.” These two words describe the horrible situation and life of the people in Gaza. This is what I experienced on my last visit to Gaza in February when I stayed for more than 40 days.

It’s hard for me to imagine we live in the 21st century and still more than 1.5 million people in Gaza live under siege. It has been going on for more than 4 years now. Israel being at war with Hamas, unfortunately, has repercussions on the civilian people of Gaza. Women, children and the elderly pay a price every day. Because of this siege, many people die early because basic medical treatment and medical supplies are not available. Living in Gaza has become very expensive too and unemployment rate is very high. We now find that many people turn to drugs to escape the horrible situation.

The good news is that many people in the West are starting to realize the impact of the siege. Almost the whole world is convinced the situation should change and this siege should be broken. It’s against international law to keep food from civilians even in times of war. Collective punishment should never be the consequences for all the people of Gaza even if Hamas is in leadership.

It was very moving experience on May 31st to watch several hundred people from more than 30 countries coming to stand and support the people of Gaza. It was very sad to see how the attack on the flotillas ended with many people killed and many more injured.

Yes, we need many more peaceful, non violent, flotillas to break the siege. We are command by the prophets in the scripture to stand with the oppressed and to defend the ones who are not able to defend themselves and to help those who can not help themselves.

Stand with us in prayer for Gaza!

Hanna Massad, Pastor of Gaza Baptist Church

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Prayer requests from the Massad Family:

Please keep the following events and dates in your prayers:

I will be teaching two courses at the Seminary in Jordan. The first course will begin in June and will an intensive Masters’ level Ethics course. The second will be BA level book study of the Gospel of John that will begin in August and will continue to be a regular course offering. Please pray specifically for the Ethics course since it is my first time to teach this class and it will take a lot of time for preparation.

The people in Gaza are hopeful the siege will be broken. Please pray this will happen in a peaceful way and all parties who are involved will be satisfied with the peaceful resolution.

Please pray for my next trip to Gaza. I plan to travel there at the beginning of July.

Please pray that the church in Gaza will be able to meet every Sunday and will find a permanent pastor for the church.

Please pray for believers in Gaza who would like to continue studies in theology at a Masters level. We need prayers that the Lord will bring the correct educational institution who will come into Gaza to offer these types of course work.

Please pray for a Christian surgical team who is planning a trip to Gaza in October 2010 to do cleft palate surgeries. This team will also provide medical services to the many needy in Gaza

Thank you for your prayers!

(Source, HERE. You may also find HERE more details about Gaza Baptist Church.)

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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