Interview with Hanna Massad, Former Pastor of the Baptist Church in Gaza

Christian killed in Gaza
Christians in Gaza mourning a fellow believer
killed by Israeli strikes (photo AP)

Christianity Today has just published an interview with my friend Dr. Hanna Massad, former pastor of the Baptist Church in Gaza, on the situation of Christians in that area following the current IDF military operation there.

Here is the beginning of it.

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What are Christians inside Gaza telling you?

I was happy to hear about the ceasefire. This morning the news was that, unfortunately, the fighting has continued. Several times daily I communicate with Gaza by phone or Skype. Water supplies are very low in Gaza. There’s little or no electricity. I’ve spoken with my Muslim neighbors and Christians. All are waiting and anxious about what will happen next.

Are Gazans being sheltered in churches?

Gaza Baptist Church hasn’t been damaged, but it’s next door to Gaza’s main police station, which is a target. The bombs have made it too dangerous for Baptist church members to meet. But thousands of Muslims have found refuge in other churches that have opened their doors to refugees. My neighbor called to ask if he and his family could move into my family home in Gaza. Now there’s almost 100 people living in my house. People throughout Gaza are taking care of each other. Continue reading “Interview with Hanna Massad, Former Pastor of the Baptist Church in Gaza”

Hanna Massad, Nashat Felemon, Bader Mansour – The Kingdom of God among the Palestinians

Exiled Palestinian pastor returns from ministry in Gaza Strip

Rev Dr. Hanna Massad

AMMAN, Jordan (ABP) — The exiled pastor of Gaza Baptist Church began teaching Aug. 16 at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary following a three-week visit to his homeland to preach, teach and distribute food and medicine to the poor.

“While food is available in Gaza, it is very expensive, and few can afford to buy it due to the siege and high unemployment,” Hanna Massad said in an e-mail report. Continue reading “Exiled Palestinian pastor returns from ministry in Gaza Strip”

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. Continue reading “Christian News from Gaza”