Thursday, October 11, 2007


Rami Ayyad manages the only Christian bookstore in Gaza. In April it was reported that his bookstore, owned by the Palestinian Bible Society, was firebombed in April. At that time he told relatives he had received many death threats from Islamists. You have to admire the courage of a man who will day in and day out work in a ministry that he knows brings great danger to him, and that is what Rami did. He did not back down from the threats, he did not close the bookstore, as a Baptist he believed that people needed to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Rami has a pregnant wife and two other children and they are apart of the 3000 Christians in Gaza which has about one million people in total. As a glaring minority Rami's task was daunting but he trusted in his Lord Jesus Christ and continued to work at the bookstore, not only presenting Christian literature but providing for his young family.

Rami died last weekend. He was brutally beaten, tortured and killed by Islamists, for in their words spreading Christianity. Reports are that he was abducted and his body was found riddled with bullets and stab wounds. From the wires we read;

"..three armed men, two of whom were wearing masks, beat Ayyad repeatedly with clubs and the butts of their guns while they accused him of attempting to spread Christianity in Gaza. The witnesses said that after sustaining the beating, Ayyad was shot by all three men. "

A wife is left pregnant, with two other children to care for and somehow must explain to her children their father is dead. Rami is a martyr for the cause of Christ. Regardless of how many Christians the Islamists kill they will never stop coming and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because unlike Islamists who believe they must kill and even be killed to be accepted by Allah, followers of Christ know that to live is Christ and to die is gain. We do not hope to make it paradise, we know that we have been forgiven in Christ and the greatest day is when we go home to be with the Lord. That is the fuel for the courage that Rami and millions of others have displayed throughout the history of mankind. As you pray for Ramis wife and children remember your brothers and sisters around the world who will pay the ultimate price for their faith in Christ, as will the families they leave behind.

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pastor tom