I have been receiving some news of the martyrdom of Rami Khader Ayyad, the Bible Society’s Gaza bookshop manager.
The shop had been set on fire in April, according to Christianity Today. A group calling themselves “the Sword of Islam,” claimed responsibility, yet the bookshop quickly reopened and continued its work. There are about 3,200 Christians resident in Gaza who value the ministry of the shop.
After the fire threats to Rami Khader Ayyad had increased. The Bible Society obtained police protection from the Hamas government in Gaza but it did not prevent the tragedy. The murderers waited until the guards left for the day. They then took Ayyad and killed him by stabbing him, crushing his head and shooting him.
So far no group has claimed responsibility to his murder but those close to him claim the reason is his faith in Jesus and his ministry among his people, the Palestinians.
Muslims also participated at Rami’s funeral. Good for them!
Rami was aged 29 and leaves behind a pregnant wife and two children. At the funeral, faith must have soared in his wife, as she cried out for all to hear, “You sacrificed your blood for that of Jesus!”
Trubutes have flooded in from many Christian leaders including Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham. See The Church Times.
In June, a school and a convent run by Roman Catholic sisters were ransacked and set on fire. A Baptist pastor, Hanna Massad is quoted as saying, “They want to impose Islamic law and want us to submit to it as well.”
Perhaps the murderers and “the Sword of Islam” would benefit from reading the recent open letter sent to the Pope by Muslim leaders (see my previous post).
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.