CT has received two credible accounts regarding Gazan Christians as Israel's military campaign against Hamas militants ends its third week.
The first comes from Hanna Massad, exiled pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, the only evangelical congregation in the 25-mile coastal strip. The second comes from Cairo-based freelance journalist Philip Rizk, a Wheaton College graduate who lived in Gaza from 2005 to 2007. Both Massad and Rizk described the reality faced by Gazan evangelicals over the past three weeks.
Massad, currently in New Haven, Conn., speaks daily with his relatives and church family in Gaza. Many of its members fled Gaza for the West Bank in 2007 and 2008 when the Christian community was first caught between a Hamas-Fatah power struggle and then threatened by Islamic extremists (see previous coverage here). Today they are caught between Hamas and Israel. Here are his thoughts on the past three weeks of violence:
"We as Palestinian Christians are very saddened to see those on both sides ...1